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Syllabification: un·ex·pect·ed
Pronunciation: /ˌənəkˈspektəd

Definition of unexpected in English:


Not expected or regarded as likely to happen: his death was totally unexpected (as noun the unexpected) he seemed to have a knack for saying the unexpected
More example sentences
  • Still, there is always the promise of next year and another chance to expect the unexpected.
  • For Margaret has learned to expect the unexpected and no two days at work are ever the same for her.
  • Prepare to expect the unexpected as each episode sets out to spook the brain and tickle the funny bone.



[as submodifier]: an unexpectedly high price
More example sentences
  • When I was in the top juniors, my Dad was made redundant, suddenly and unexpectedly.
  • The starting point for this study was families in which two or more infants had died suddenly and unexpectedly.
  • People who are otherwise healthy can also faint suddenly and unexpectedly.


Example sentences
  • The unexpectedness made the sting even worse of course.
  • But that's okay, because it's this very unexpectedness that gives the movie its impact.
  • Anyway, it was pretty interesting, especially for the unexpectedness of it.

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