Definition of unsurprising in English:



  • Not unexpected and so not causing surprise.

    ‘the outcome of this sombre film is unsurprising’
    • ‘This is unsurprising as HSBC has led high street banks in acquiring City of London stockbroking skills.’
    • ‘This, I thought at the time, was unsurprising given the presumably pitiful state of the Ghanaian school system.’
    • ‘Environmentalists and water union leaders said the Commission's results were unsurprising.’
    • ‘This is unsurprising as they are men of great power and influence.’
    • ‘The unsurprising response was that it was needed immediately while some were keen to wait until money was available.’
    • ‘Indeed, some might say that his political intentions are unsurprising.’
    • ‘The initial blow is hard, so it is unsurprising that it hurts.’
    • ‘The least surprising thing about the Emmy Awards this year was how unsurprising they were.’
    • ‘The subsequent interpretations of the debate by the panel and others were also totally unsurprising.’
    • ‘Recent research came up with the unsurprising info that the average ballet dancer was supremely more fit than the average footballer.’
    • ‘The Guardian, I understand, has expressed a totally unsurprising interest.’
    • ‘The findings were as disturbing as they were unsurprising, pointing up old stereotypes of circuit queens.’
    • ‘That occasionally he might overstep the line is unsurprising.’
    • ‘Another worrying fact is the unsurprising fact that those with pensions tend to live longer than those not so lucky.’
    • ‘This is completely unsurprising, as the law, such as it exists here, on charities is simply not enforced.’
    • ‘In Old Saint Paul's, a quiet, cut-off space for fallen soldiers, it was unsurprising she thought of a martyr.’
    • ‘In a way, this is unsurprising, because it occupied a prime piece of Notting Hill real estate, which was frankly wasted on children.’
    • ‘At its heart is the unsurprising premise that personal experience dictates how we interpret information.’
    • ‘In a skinny train of islands in a deserted corner of a very big ocean, it is unsurprising that the sea and shore are top of the list.’
    • ‘The subsequent interpretations of the debate by the panel and others have also been totally unsurprising.’
    predictable, foreseeable, to be expected, only to be expected, what one would expect, not unexpected, predicted, foreseen, forecast, anticipated, awaited
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