Definition of unsurprising in US English:



  • Not unexpected and so not causing surprise.

    ‘the outcome of this somber film is unsurprising’
    • ‘That occasionally he might overstep the line is unsurprising.’
    • ‘In Old Saint Paul's, a quiet, cut-off space for fallen soldiers, it was unsurprising she thought of a martyr.’
    • ‘The least surprising thing about the Emmy Awards this year was how unsurprising they were.’
    • ‘This is unsurprising as HSBC has led high street banks in acquiring City of London stockbroking skills.’
    • ‘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 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 subsequent interpretations of the debate by the panel and others were also totally unsurprising.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The unsurprising response was that it was needed immediately while some were keen to wait until money was available.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Another worrying fact is the unsurprising fact that those with pensions tend to live longer than those not so lucky.’
    • ‘Recent research came up with the unsurprising info that the average ballet dancer was supremely more fit than the average footballer.’
    • ‘This is completely unsurprising, as the law, such as it exists here, on charities is simply not enforced.’
    • ‘This is unsurprising as they are men of great power and influence.’
    • ‘Indeed, some might say that his political intentions are unsurprising.’
    • ‘The initial blow is hard, so it is unsurprising that it hurts.’
    predictable, foreseeable, to be expected, only to be expected, what one would expect, not unexpected, predicted, foreseen, forecast, anticipated, awaited
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