un·​sur·​pris·​ing·​ly | \ ˌən-sər-ˈprī-ziŋ-lē How to pronounce unsurprisingly (audio) , ˌən-sə- \

Definition of unsurprisingly

1 : as is not surprising matters complicate, unsurprisingly— Stanley Kauffmann
2 : in an unsurprising manner the story ended unsurprisingly

Examples of unsurprisingly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Several campaigns initially jumped into the information void and announced, perhaps unsurprisingly, that according to their own data their candidate did great in Iowa. Nicholas Riccardi, Anchorage Daily News, "What went wrong in Iowa and what’s next," 5 Feb. 2020 Jennifer Lopez and Shakira delivered an unsurprisingly epic halftime show at this year's Super Bowl. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "6 Times I Was More Offended by Men at the Super Bowl Than Jennifer Lopez or Shakira," 3 Feb. 2020 Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Super Bowl has provided a boost to ad prices for streaming programming before and after the game—similar to its impact on linear TV programming. Sahil Patel, WSJ, "The Super Bowl Is Still TV’s Ballgame, With Streaming Far Behind," 31 Jan. 2020 So when one of Woods' children shows talent at golf, perhaps unsurprisingly given their dad's 15 majors and status as arguably the best of all time, the spotlight is likely to swing in their direction. Rob Hodgetts, CNN, "Tiger Woods' son is good at golf, but video poses wider questions," 17 Jan. 2020 Perhaps unsurprisingly, the team found that money can’t buy very much happiness. Claire Bugos, Smithsonian, "What Millions of Books Reveal About 200 Years of Happiness," 19 Oct. 2019 So perhaps unsurprisingly, the researchers found that during the day, residential emissions crash as people head to work in commercial zones. Matt Simon, WIRED, "See How LA Belches Emissions, Block by Block," 26 Aug. 2019 Not to be outdone, the delegation from Philadelphia soon arrives, helmed by SNL legend and Upper Darby, PA native Tina Fey, who, unsurprisingly gets all the best lines and totally steals the show. Gabrielle Bruney, Esquire, "With Help From Tina Fey, 'SNL' Took New England vs. Philly Back to 1776," 4 Feb. 2018 But perhaps unsurprisingly, Ward’s act of benevolence hasn’t come without its fair share of unintended consequences. Brianna Provenzano, refinery29.com, "Meet The Naked Philanthropist Selling Nude Photos To Raise Money For Australia," 7 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of unsurprisingly

1950, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Unsurprisingly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsurprisingly. Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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