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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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  • Perhaps it was the unexpectedness of meeting a girl so charming that held him interested.

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  • The unexpectedness of this misfire positively overcame his faculties.

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  • The unexpectedness of her answer made him hesitate, but finally he ventured, "How did it feel?"

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  • He was a little bewildered by the unexpectedness of the thing.

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  • For the rest, I think the real charm must have been in its unexpectedness.

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  • They almost dropped their handbags at the unexpectedness of the meeting.

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  • He had been startled by the unexpectedness of Bowser's appearance.

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British Dictionary definitions for unexpectedness

unexpected

/ˌʌnɪkˈspɛktɪd/
adjective
1.
surprising or unforeseen
Derived Forms
unexpectedly, adverb
unexpectedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unexpectedness

unexpected

adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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