- not expected; unforeseen; surprising: an unexpected pleasure; an unexpected development.
Origin of unexpected
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unanticipated. See sudden.
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Examples from the Web for unexpected
Airline pilots are now slowly, too slowly, being given access to flight simulators able to reproduce sudden and unexpected upsets.Did Bad Weather Bring Down AirAsia 8501?
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Now imagine that one day hope appeared, an unexpected opportunity to free yourself, to finally be yourself.The Insurance Company Promised a Gender Reassignment. Then They Made a Mistake.
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And the chord structure, for those of you who play an instrument, is unexpected and worth checking out.Yes, I Like Christmas Music. Stop Laughing.
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During this time, Mailer also displayed an unexpected humility in the company of his fellow literary stars.Mailer’s Letters Pack a Punch and a Surprising Degree of Sweetness
Ronald K. Fried
December 14, 2014
Return of the King had Smeagol, An Unexpected Journey featured Frodo and an older Bilbo.‘No Regrets’: Peter Jackson Says Goodbye to Middle-Earth
December 4, 2014
I might have paid them at the time, but it was all so unexpected and so sudden,—it rattled me, quite.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
This unexpected opposition excited the fierce resentment of the captain.
No one was more surprised than Robert at the unexpected inheritance.
It is curious to note the extent to which the unexpected has come about.'Tis Sixty Years Since
Charles Francis Adams
Sallie Calkins was somewhat flurried by this unexpected call.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
- surprising or unforeseen
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Word Origin and History for unexpected
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