Definition of unexpectedly in US English:



  • In a way that was not expected or regarded as likely.

    ‘he died unexpectedly of a heart attack’
    as submodifier ‘unexpectedly high visitor numbers’
    • ‘An arrangement of tiered brick platforms makes for an unexpectedly formal transition between each room.’
    • ‘He unexpectedly finds himself opening up about his chance encounter with Shirley.’
    • ‘Far from a smutty provocation, the painting is unexpectedly lyrical.’
    • ‘A man from Julia's past has shown up unexpectedly.’
    • ‘They have been unexpectedly successful in mobilizing large numbers of professionals dealing with modern conservation.’