unexpected

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

adjective

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

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Origin of unexpected

First recorded in 1580–90; un-1 + expect + -ed2

synonym study for unexpected

See sudden.

OTHER WORDS FROM unexpected

un·ex·pect·ed·ly, adverbun·ex·pect·ed·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for unexpected

unexpected
/ (ˌʌnɪkˈspɛktɪd) /

adjective

surprising or unforeseen

Derived forms of unexpected

unexpectedly, adverbunexpectedness, noun
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