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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 unexpectedly
  • But it has also, unexpectedly, revealed the fallibility of our own science.
  • The hyena unexpectedly lifts her head and drills her huge dark eyes into us.
  • The idea had got into his mind that he would some time die unexpectedly and always when he got into bed he thought of that.
  • We have unexpectedly advanced from the question of the causation of the psychoneuroses to the problem of its essence.
  • Those lessons are often extremely uncomfortable, and always arrive unexpectedly.
  • The perfect fit for me turned out to be an unexpectedly bad fit for my husband.
  • The rug could be pulled from under them rather unexpectedly.
  • As such, the features can unexpectedly go away without any warning.
  • The same would be true if the president died in office, whether unexpectedly or after a long illness.
  • Now the conditions of digital culture have unexpectedly forced a collision, scrambling the once-sure footing of both camps.
British Dictionary definitions for unexpectedly


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



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

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