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Etymology

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unexpected +‎ -ly.

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  • (US) IPA(key): /ʌnɪkˈspɛktɪdli/
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Adverb

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unexpectedly (comparative more unexpectedly, superlative most unexpectedly)

  1. In an unexpected manner.
    Antonym: expectedly
    Near-synonyms: against expectations, against all odds, surprisingly
    • 1863, George Eliot, chapter XVI, in Romola, volume II, book II, page 186:
      [] she was startled by unexpectedly meeting her husband, who was coming to seek her.
    • 1952 February, H. C. Casserley, “Permanent Wayfarings”, in Railway Magazine, page 77:
      Other evidence of former ownerships such as notice-boards, number plates, and makers' plates, are often discovered unexpectedly.

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