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[uhn-hohpt-fawr] /ʌnˈhoʊptˌfɔr/
unexpected; unanticipated:
an unhoped-for piece of good luck.
Origin of unhoped-for
1590-1600; from the phrase hope for; see un-1, -ed2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • True, her marriage had, probably, made possible her younger sister's exceptional and unhoped-for match.

    The Genius Margaret Horton Potter
  • Here was an unhoped-for opportunity of accomplishing this in privacy, and at his leisure.

    The Tinted Venus F. Anstey
  • The natives came, and, the fear being passed, they sang their happy and unhoped-for fate.

    The Voyages of Pedro Fernandez de Quiros Pedro Fernandez de Quiros
  • To Davis it was like the unhoped-for realization of a dream.

  • Imagination is alive in eye and ear to everything that may bring tidings of her, even of her unhoped-for return.

    Unwritten Literature of Hawaii Nathaniel Bright Emerson
  • It was, in fact, this unhoped-for pleasure which so delighted them.

  • In pursuing experiments on galvanism during the last two months I have met with unexpected and unhoped-for success.

    The Royal Institution Bence Jones
  • It was like a sudden and unhoped-for transition from death to life.

  • It is this conviction which has nerved men to face insuperable difficulties, and achieve impossible and unhoped-for ends.

    The Expositor's Bible F. W. Farrar
  • The festival had offered them an unhoped-for opportunity of rescuing her.

    The Jungle Girl Gordon Casserly
British Dictionary definitions for unhoped-for


(esp of something pleasant) not anticipated; unexpected
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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