- not expected; unforeseen; surprising: an unexpected pleasure; an unexpected development.
Origin of unexpected
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unanticipated. See sudden.
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Then, unexpectedly, she bent her head against a chair-back and fell to silent crying.
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Stewart Edward White
- surprising or unforeseen
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Word Origin and History for unexpectedly
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