unexpected

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un- +‎ expected

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unexpected (comparative more unexpected, superlative most unexpected)

  1. Not expected, anticipated or foreseen.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 2, The Mirror and the Lamp[1]:
      She was a fat, round little woman, richly apparelled in velvet and lace, […]; and the way she laughed, cackling like a hen, the way she talked to the waiters and the maid, […]—all these unexpected phenomena impelled one to hysterical mirth, and made one class her with such immortally ludicrous types as Ally Sloper, the Widow Twankey, or Miss Moucher.
    • 1945, George Orwell, Animal Farm, chapter 6
      The windmill presented unexpected difficulties.

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