Definition of unexpected in English:

unexpected

adjective

  • Not expected or regarded as likely to happen:

    ‘his death was totally unexpected’
    ‘he seemed to have a knack for saying the unexpected’
    • ‘Tears streamed quietly down a couple of faces overcome by the power of unexpected emotions.’
    • ‘This incident was so sudden and so unexpected, and it has taken a long time to comprehend.’
    • ‘The sudden unexpected death of an infant or child is one of the worst events to happen to any family.’
    • ‘The eruption was so sudden and completely unexpected that there was little chance to flee.’
    • ‘For Margaret has learned to expect the unexpected and no two days at work are ever the same for her.’
    • ‘For all the setbacks, there have been unexpected compensations to doing up the garden.’
    • ‘It was so unexpected but it placed a smile on my face that is still there as I write this post.’
    • ‘In this cycle there will be many unexpected surprises for the native or the nation.’
    • ‘Prepare to expect the unexpected as each episode sets out to spook the brain and tickle the funny bone.’
    • ‘Momentarily the peace and tranquility was disturbed by a sudden and unexpected noise.’
    • ‘For this reason there will be unexpected effects that will surprise them more than anyone.’
    • ‘He has been ill for some time and his passing in an Ennis hospital was not unexpected.’
    • ‘Still, there is always the promise of next year and another chance to expect the unexpected.’
    • ‘Tom responds with sudden, unexpected lethal force when the men attempt a hold up.’
    • ‘Current research on the brain should prepare us all for the unexpected and the surprising.’
    • ‘An unexpected visitor made it clear to him that he was still expected to finish what he had started.’
    • ‘Both his parents and hospital staff were devastated by his sudden and unexpected death.’
    • ‘At the same time the son was startled to discover unexpected and very specific links to the father.’
    • ‘It was sudden and unexpected and so I haven't had a lot of time to wrap my head around it.’
    • ‘The novel ends by giving this commonplace message an unexpected and successful twist.’
    unforeseen, unanticipated, unpredicted, not bargained for, unlooked for, unhoped for, out of the blue, without warning, without notice
    chance, fortuitous, unplanned, serendipitous, adventitious
    sudden, abrupt, surprising, startling, astonishing, uncommon, abnormal, extraordinary
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Pronunciation:

unexpected

/ʌnɪkˈspɛktɪd/