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Syllabification: sur·pris·ing
Pronunciation: /sərˈprīziNG

Definition of surprising in English:


Causing surprise; unexpected: a surprising sequence of events
More example sentences
  • The failure to see anything decent crop up in the first few years is not terribly surprising.
  • Coming up next, some surprising news about the recession.
  • The disc has a surprising number of special features.



[as submodifier]: the profit margin in advertising is surprisingly low [sentence adverb]: not surprisingly, his enthusiasm knew no bounds
More example sentences
  • Not surprisingly, my friend decided to leave criticism of Mr Maxwell to the big boys.
  • The constables were the backbone of the force and, not surprisingly, the lowest paid.
  • The bond that you create with some of the people in Hong Kong is surprisingly powerful.


Example sentences
  • Are we talking about some sort of information-theoretical density - the informativeness or surprisingness of someone's choices of words, phrase structures and ideas?
  • The images of the electric eel and the popping tangle of seaweed convey something of the speed and surprisingness of William's mind.
  • We can also estimate the surprisingness of applicability conjectures, by assessing how likely it is that a production rule step would produce very few models.

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