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[uhn-loo kt-fawr] /ʌnˈlʊktˌfɔr/
not expected, anticipated, or foreseen:
They were confronted with an unlooked-for situation.
Origin of unlooked-for
1525-35; from phrase look for; see un-1, -ed2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • What an unlooked-for flight was this from our shadowy avenue of black-ash and balm of Gilead trees into the infinite!

  • My brain reeled beneath the first shock of that unlooked-for news.

    The Suitors of Yvonne Raphael Sabatini
  • She must face an unlooked-for contingency, and her mind seemed to reel a little as she faced it.

    The Confounding of Camelia Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • I am astonished and mortified at this unlooked-for demonstration.

    Breaking Away Oliver Optic
  • I felt depressed with the mysterious and unaccountable dejection of mind, which often precedes some unlooked-for calamity.

    The Monctons Susanna Moodie
  • It presented him with an entirely new and unlooked-for problem.

    The Crooked House Brandon Fleming
  • The unlooked-for failure of a firm largely indebted to him had crippled "the house."

    The Story of a Bad Boy Thomas Bailey Aldrich
  • In the course of the morning there came an unlooked-for visitor.

    Sue, A Little Heroine L. T. Meade
  • King Gunther and his brothers were amazed at this unlooked-for speech.

    The Story of Siegfried James Baldwin
  • There is one victory which leads to a most unlooked-for discovery.

    The Rover Boys in the Air Edward Stratemeyer
British Dictionary definitions for unlooked-for


unexpected; unforeseen
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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