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Definitions for unexpected
ˌʌn ɪkˈspɛk tɪdun·ex·pect·ed

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. unexpectedadjective

    not expected or anticipated

    "unexpected guests"; "unexpected news"


  1. unexpectedadjective

    not expected, anticipated or foreseen

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Unexpectedadjective

    Not thought on; sudden; not provided against.

    Have wisdom to provide always beforehand, that those evils overtake us not, which death unexpected doth use to bring upon careless men; and although it be sudden in itself, nevertheless, in regard of our prepared minds, it may not be sudden. Richard Hooker, b. v. §. 46.

    Sith evils, great and unexpected, do cause oftentimes even them to think upon divine power with fearfullest suspicions, which have been otherwise the most sacred adorers thereof; how should we look for any constant resolution of mind in such cases, saving only where unfeigned affection to God, hath bred the most assured confidence to be assisted by his hand? Richard Hooker, b. v. §. 1.

    O unexpected stroke! worse than death!
    Must I thus leave thee, paradise? John Milton, Par. Lost.

    Them unexpected joy surpriz’d,
    When the great ensign of Messiah blaz’d. John Milton.

    Their unexpected loss and plaints out-breath’d. John Milton.

    Some amazement;
    But such as sprung from wonder, not from fear,
    It was so unexpected. John Denham, Sophy.

    To the pale foes they suddenly draw near,
    And summon them to unexpected fight. Dryden.

    Deep was the wound; he stagger’d with the blow,
    And turn’d him to his unexpected foe. Dryden.

    When Barcelona was taken by a most unexpected accident of a bomb lighting on the magazine, then the Catalonians revolted. Jonathan Swift.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Unexpectedadjective

    not expected; coming without warning; sudden


  1. Unexpected

    "Unexpected" is the sixteenth episode of the first season of the NBC science fiction drama series Heroes. Regular cast members Noah Gray-Cabey, Ali Larter and Leonard Roberts do not appear in this episode. Stan Lee makes a cameo appearance in the episode as the driver of the bus Hiro gets on. Although Ali Larter does not appear on this episode, she does do the voice over for the Previously on Heroes, which for the only time to date is placed after the first scene.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Unexpected

    un-eks-pek′ted, adj. not expected, coming without warning, sudden.—adj. Unexpec′tant, not expectant.—adv. Unexpect′edly.—n. Unexpec′tedness.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'unexpected' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4258

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'unexpected' in Adjectives Frequency: #585

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of unexpected in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of unexpected in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of unexpected in a Sentence

  1. Elias Canetti:

    The fear of burglars is not only the fear of being robbed, but also the fear of a sudden and unexpected clutch out of the darkness.

  2. Emilie Hunt:

    I'm really bad at planning for unexpected expenses, and instead of cutting other expenses, often the first money I cut is what would go into savings.

  3. Fatima Janneh:

    What happened on Jan. 9 was very devastating and tragic, and very unexpected, and could have been avoided. I lost my sister in the fire. She was trying to come down to save my family.

  4. Henry David Thoreau:

    I have learned this at least by my experiment: if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.

  5. Karin Veit:

    There are many beautiful, fluffy fabrics like velvet cord ... And then we have mixed patterns, many prints which we're mixing, it should be unexpected, it should be fun.

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    warn strongly; put on guard
    • A. caddie
    • B. monish
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