- not expected; unforeseen; surprising: an unexpected pleasure; an unexpected development.
Origin of unexpected
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unanticipated. See sudden.
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Examples from the Web for unexpectedness
Perhaps it was the unexpectedness of meeting a girl so charming that held him interested.The Night Riders
The unexpectedness of this misfire positively overcame his faculties.Chance
The unexpectedness of her answer made him hesitate, but finally he ventured, "How did it feel?"Glory of Youth
He was a little bewildered by the unexpectedness of the thing.The Genius
Margaret Horton Potter
For the rest, I think the real charm must have been in its unexpectedness.Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1905 to 1906
Lucy Maud Montgomery
- surprising or unforeseen
Word Origin and History for unexpectedness
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