unexpectedness

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Etymology[edit]

unexpected +‎ -ness

Noun[edit]

unexpectedness (uncountable)

  1. The state of being unexpected.
    • 1665, Robert Boyle, “A Discourse Touching Occasional Meditations” in Occasional Reflections upon Several Subjects, London: Henry Herringman, Section 2, Chapter 1, p. 15,[1]
      For one of the chief accounts, upon which Wit it self is delightful, is, in very many cases, the unexpectedness of the things that please us; that unexpectedness being the highest Degree of Novelty, which, as I freshly noted, does exceedingly gratifie most Men’s minds.
    • 1789, Olaudah Equiano, The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, London, Chapter 4, p. 174,[2]
      [] all in an instant, without having before given me the least reason to suspect any thing of the matter, he forced me into the barge; saying, I was going to leave him, but he would take care I should not. I was so struck with the unexpectedness of this proceeding, that for some time I did not make a reply []
    • 1881, Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady, London: Macmillan, Volume 2, Chapter 9, p. 125,[3]
      [] he perceived a new attraction in the idea of taking to himself a young lady who had qualified herself to figure in his collection of choice objects by rejecting the splendid offer of a British aristocrat. Gilbert Osmond had a high appreciation of the British aristocracy—he had never forgiven Providence for not making him an English duke—and could measure the unexpectedness of this conduct.
    • 1959, Muriel Spark, Memento Mori, London: Macmillan, Chapter Five,
      The unexpectedness of Mrs. Pettigrew’s gentle voice was due to her heavily-marked appearance.

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