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

Origin of unlooked-for

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

Words Nearby unlooked-for

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How to use unlooked-for in a sentence

  • Edna's desire to see Mademoiselle Reisz had increased tenfold since these unlooked-for obstacles had arisen to thwart it.

  • The good man then devoted his unlooked-for fortune to philanthropies in concert with Judge Popinot.

    Repertory Of The Comedie Humaine, Complete, A -- Z | Anatole Cerfberr and Jules Franois Christophe
  • One unlooked-for result of the evenings happenings was that OLearys antagonism to Dangerfield seemed completely to disappear.

    The Woman Gives | Owen Johnson
  • This unlooked-for intelligence, had it reached her in a different way, would have delighted as much as it astonished her.

    At Last | Marion Harland
  • The Church shortly discovered an entirely unlooked-for evil, insidious, demoralizing—the political corruption of voters.

    The Leaven in a Great City | Lillian William Betts

British Dictionary definitions for unlooked-for


/ (ˌʌnˈlʊktfɔː) /

  1. unexpected; unforeseen

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