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  1. unexpected; unanticipated: an unhoped-for piece of good luck.
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Origin of unhoped-for

1590–1600; from the phrase hope for; see un-1, -ed2
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Historical Examples of unhoped-for

  • It was, in fact, this unhoped-for pleasure which so delighted them.

    The Fortune of the Rougons

    Emile Zola

  • You, madame, beneath my roof; this is an unhoped-for condescension!

    Fairy Fingers

    Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie

  • Here was an unhoped-for opportunity of accomplishing this in privacy, and at his leisure.

  • To Davis it was like the unhoped-for realization of a dream.

  • Stover slapped his foot on first base with the joy of unhoped-for victory.

    The Varmint

    Owen Johnson

British Dictionary definitions for unhoped-for


  1. (esp of something pleasant) not anticipated; unexpected
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