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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 of unexpected
1580-1590
First recorded in 1580-90; un-1 + expect + -ed2
Related forms
unexpectedly, adverb
unexpectedness, noun
Synonyms
unanticipated. See sudden.
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  • 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.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • No one was more surprised than Robert at the unexpected inheritance.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • 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 Isabella Alden
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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