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unexpected

[uhn-ik-spek-tid] /ˌʌn ɪkˈspɛk tɪd/
adjective
1.
not expected; unforeseen; surprising:
an unexpected pleasure; an unexpected development.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; un-1 + expect + -ed2
Related forms
unexpectedly, adverb
unexpectedness, noun
Synonyms
unanticipated. See sudden.
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Examples 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.
  • The risks of less unexpected deaths are also being packaged and traded.
  • 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

unexpected

/ˌʌnɪkˈspɛktɪd/
adjective
1.
surprising or unforeseen
Derived Forms
unexpectedly, adverb
unexpectedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unexpected
adj.

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

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