unexpected

[ uhn-ik-spek-tid ]
/ ˌʌn ɪkˈspɛk tɪd /

adjective

not expected; unforeseen; surprising: an unexpected pleasure; an unexpected development.

Origin of unexpected

First recorded in 1580–90; un-1 + expect + -ed2
Related formsun·ex·pect·ed·ly, adverbun·ex·pect·ed·ness, noun
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unexpected

/ (ˌʌnɪkˈspɛktɪd) /

adjective

surprising or unforeseen
Derived Formsunexpectedly, adverbunexpectedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unexpectedly

unexpected


adj.

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

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