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

unexpected

/ˌənəkˈspektəd//ˌənəkˈspɛktəd/