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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.


  1. unexpected

    Unexpected generally refers to something that is unforeseen, not anticipated, or predicted. It typically relates to an event, action, result, or situation that is surprising due to it not being planned or previously considered likely to happen.

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. Tariq Madani:

    Until now the camels we have examined have proven to be negative -- and this is really very unexpected.

  2. National Grid:

    As generation would not be expected to trip off or de-load in response to a lightning strike, this appears to represent an extremely rare and unexpected event, this unexpected loss of generation meant that the frequency fell very quickly and went outside the normal range of 50.5Hz – 49.5Hz.

  3. Emmanuel Macron:

    I think President Trump election was unexpected in your country, and probably President Trump election was unexpected in my country, and we are not part of the classical political system.

  4. Lynn BeBeau:

    It was a very fun and unexpected -- extremely -- unexpected discovery, brenda Schell decided Brenda Schell wanted to go check out this area and my husband sees this red wood sticking out. He goes to pick it up and it's this crazy little boat !

  5. James J. Roche:

    Be not surprised if thou findest thyself in possession of unexpected wealth. Allah will provide an unexpected use for it.

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    a decorative musical accompaniment (often improvised) added above a basic melody
    • A. descant
    • B. abrade
    • C. gloat
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