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[uhn-loo kt-fawr]
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  1. not expected, anticipated, or foreseen: They were confronted with an unlooked-for situation.
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Origin of unlooked-for

1525–35; from phrase look for; see un-1, -ed2
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Related Words for unlooked-for

startling, accidental, unforeseen, wonderful, amazing, astonishing, unpredictable, stunning, sudden, abrupt, fortuitous, swift, unanticipated, unexpected, chance, impetuous, impulsive, instantaneous, payback, prodigious

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Historical Examples of unlooked-for

  • How this unlooked-for ending to my studies came about I must now set before you.

    Micah Clarke

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • At the moment the most unlooked-for it pleased God to deliver me from it.

  • Two nights after the wheel of fortune gave an unlooked-for turn.

  • My brain reeled beneath the first shock of that unlooked-for news.

    The Suitors of Yvonne

    Raphael Sabatini

  • I am astonished and mortified at this unlooked-for demonstration.

    Breaking Away

    Oliver Optic

British Dictionary definitions for unlooked-for


  1. unexpected; unforeseen
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