un·​sus·​pect·​ed ˌən-sə-ˈspek-tə-bəl How to pronounce unsuspected (audio)
: not imagined to exist or be true, likely, or possible : not suspected
an unsuspected illness
… suggests that the universe contains a hitherto unsuspected form of invisible matter.I. Peterson

Examples of unsuspected in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But now, in an unsuspected way, these animals help aid an economy that’s withered alongside Eastern Kentucky’s coal industry. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, 20 Feb. 2024 But this year has brought an unsuspected addition to the usual cold, flu, and RSV line-up: measles. Korin Miller, Health, 19 Jan. 2024 The narrative proceeds with the usual red herrings, flurries of action and suspense and unsuspected revelations, some of which are telegraphed long before the moment they’re meant to take us by surprise. Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times, 14 Jan. 2024 In 1894, conservationist Richard Henry relocated mainland birds to a supposedly safe island, but they were met by unsuspected predators. Elizabeth Rayne, Ars Technica, 12 Sep. 2023 That information has revealed subtle and unsuspected distinctions among cells and has begun to illuminate how the diversity of cell types can be essential to the healthy functioning of organs. Quanta Magazine, 13 Dec. 2023 In addition, a fuller probing of the theatrical potential of the operas of Handel and Mozart revealed unsuspected depths and dimensions in them. Simon Callow, The New York Review of Books, 22 Dec. 2022 However, Nair et al's work reveals an unsuspected level of organization. Neuroskeptic, Discover Magazine, 11 Aug. 2013 Oldboy’s backward detective story details the escape of average-man Oh Dae-su (Choi Min-sik) after 15 years held captive in a bizarre hotel room/cell, and his subsequent drive for retribution against the unsuspected forces that imprisoned him. Armond White, National Review, 6 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1530, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unsuspected was circa 1530

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“Unsuspected.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsuspected. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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