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UNEXPECTED

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does unexpected mean? 

UNEXPECTED (adjective)
  The adjective UNEXPECTED has 4 senses:

1. not expected or anticipated
2. made necessary by an unexpected situation or emergency
3. not planned
4. happening or coming quickly and without warning

  Familiarity information: UNEXPECTED used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


UNEXPECTED (adjective)


Sense 1unexpected [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not expected or anticipated

Context examples:

unexpected guests / unexpected news

Similar:

unannounced; unheralded; unpredicted (without warning or announcement)

out of the blue; unanticipated; unforeseen; unlooked-for (not anticipated)

unhoped; unhoped-for; unthought; unthought-of (so unexpected as to have not been imagined)

unprovided for (not prepared or ready for)

upset (used of an unexpected defeat of a team favored to win)

Also:

surprising (causing surprise or wonder or amazement)

Antonym:

expected (considered likely or probable to happen or arrive)


Sense 2unexpected [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Made necessary by an unexpected situation or emergency

Synonyms:

unexpected; forced

Context example:

a forced landing

Similar:

unscheduled (not scheduled or not on a regular schedule)


Sense 3unexpected [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not planned

Context example:

an unexpected pregnancy

Similar:

unplanned (without apparent forethought or prompting or planning)


Sense 4unexpected [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Happening or coming quickly and without warning

Synonyms:

unforeseen; unexpected

Context example:

a sudden unexpected development

Similar:

sudden (happening without warning or in a short space of time)


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