unexpected Definition

  • 1not expected or anticipated
  • 2surprising

Using unexpected: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "unexpected" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The sudden rain was unexpected.

  • Example

    The news came as an unexpected shock to everyone.

  • Example

    Her unexpected arrival surprised us all.

unexpected Synonyms and Antonyms

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Phrases with unexpected

  • an unexpected turn of events

    a sudden and surprising change in a situation or sequence of events


    The game took an unexpected turn of events when the underdog team scored a winning goal in the last minute.

  • unexpectedly high/low

    much higher/lower than what was expected


    The company's profits were unexpectedly high this quarter.

  • a person who arrives without prior notice or invitation


    We had an unexpected guest for dinner last night, so we had to quickly prepare more food.


Summary: unexpected in Brief

The term 'unexpected' [ˌʌnɪkˈspektɪd] refers to something that is not anticipated or foreseen, often resulting in surprise. It can be used to describe sudden changes in situations or sequences of events, such as 'an unexpected turn of events,' or to express surprise at an outcome, like 'Her unexpected arrival surprised us all.'

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