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[uhn-ik-spek-tid] /ˌʌn ɪkˈspɛk tɪd/
not expected; unforeseen; surprising:
an unexpected pleasure; an unexpected development.
Origin of unexpected
1580-90; un-1 + expect + -ed2
Related forms
unexpectedly, adverb
unexpectedness, noun
unanticipated. See sudden. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for unexpected
  • And some take existing technology and give it an unexpected twist for a surprising result.
  • While at first this may be surprising, it is really not unexpected.
  • In life there is nothing more unexpected and surprising than the arrivals and departures of pleasure.
  • He liked to do things for people, surprising them with unexpected gifts.
  • Ingenuity is often about a surprising process in which the dots are connected in unexpected ways.
  • The unexpected improvement in the fiscal picture was a result of rising incomes.
  • The effort, however, has met with unexpected complications.
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  • Video game players may get an unexpected benefit from blowing away bad guys-better vision.
  • Contrary to prevailing wisdom, large earthquakes can interact in unexpected ways.
British Dictionary definitions for unexpected


surprising or unforeseen
Derived Forms
unexpectedly, adverb
unexpectedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unexpected

1580s, from un- (1) "not" + past participle of expect. Related: Unexpectedly.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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