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[uhn-uh-kuhs-tuh md] /ˌʌn əˈkʌs təmd/
not accustomed or habituated:
to be unaccustomed to hardships.
unusual; unfamiliar:
A brief after-dinner speech is an unaccustomed pleasure.
Origin of unaccustomed
1520-30; un-1 + accustomed
Related forms
unaccustomedness, noun
2. uncommon, extraordinary, curious, peculiar, unexpected. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for unaccustomed
  • The streets are becoming overrun with animals that are unaccustomed to their new surroundings.
  • They could be found in unaccustomed places that summer.
  • The unaccustomed feels the sensation of being in a panic, in a tempest, in a cyclone.
  • Both being unaccustomed to each other, their relationship is fraught with apprehension and fear.
  • Words used in unaccustomed, though not impossible, senses or applications.
  • More importantly, the company is unaccustomed to outside scrutiny.
  • And the army, buoyed by unaccustomed plaudits, hints that it will not stop there.
  • Negative advertising may not work in a country unaccustomed to strident debate on scientific issues.
  • Take or wear your swimsuit and apply plentiful sunscreen, as the tropical sun can be harsh on skin unaccustomed to it.
  • Dressed in an undershirt and jeans, he is shy and unaccustomed to visitors.
British Dictionary definitions for unaccustomed


(foll by to) not used (to): unaccustomed to pain
not familiar; strange or unusual
Derived Forms
unaccustomedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unaccustomed

1520s, "not customary, unfamiliar," from un- (1) "not" + past participle of accustom. Meaning "not accustomed or habituated" (to) is first attested 1610s.

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