Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Coming without warning; unforeseen.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Not expected, anticipated or foreseen.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Not expected; coming without warning; sudden.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not expected; not looked for; unforeseen; sudden: often used substantively with the definite article: as, it is the unexpected that happens.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. not expected or anticipated

Etymologies

un- +‎ expected (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • So glad the writer resisted the term "unexpected drop". sartrecastic 12 April 2011 9:59AM

    The Guardian World News

  • Israeli commandos said they opened fire in self-defense after meeting what they called unexpected resistance when they boarded the ferry carrying aid supplies to Gaza.

    Turkey wants to make peace with Israel

  • The moral to this culture-jamming story: Beware banana creme and strategic and creative use of the unexpected is the perfect way to intervene.

    Who’s Fooling Whom? | PopPolitics.com

  • Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Jordan have chastised Hezbollah for what they described as unexpected, inappropriate, and irresponsible acts.

    CNN Transcript Jul 18, 2006

  • This is what we call the unexpected, because no one expects them.

    CASTRO CALLS FOR SUSPENSION OF MEXICAN DEBT DUE

  • Report Abuse You know they will adjust these figures in a month; to bleak... they always do, with the word "unexpected".....

  • Steve's response to the second email, which asked essentially the same question, was a tidy little, "Yes." delayed by one month as Apple struggles to keep up with what its calling unexpected demand.

    The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)

  • Toshiba: Inspired by what it called unexpected demand for high-capacity HDD music portables,

    TWICE - Digital Imaging News

  • Israeli commandos said they opened fire in self-defense after meeting what they called unexpected resistance when they boarded the ferry carrying aid supplies to

    StarTribune.com rss feed

  • Israel insists commandos opened fire in self-defence after meeting what they called unexpected resistance when they boarded the Mavi Marmara.

    Thestar.com - Home Page

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