Definition of unsurprising in English:



  • Not unexpected and so not causing surprise.

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