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Occurring without warning; unforeseen.

un′ex·pect′ed·ly adv.
un′ex·pect′ed·ness n.
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Noun1.unexpectedness - extraordinariness by virtue of being unexpectedunexpectedness - extraordinariness by virtue of being unexpected; "the unexpectedness of the warm welcome"
extraordinariness - the quality of being extraordinary and not commonly encountered
expectedness - ordinariness as a consequence of being expected and not surprising
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On the eleventh night after my latest encounter with that gentleman-- they were all numbered now--I had an alarm that perilously skirted it and that indeed, from the particular quality of its unexpectedness, proved quite my sharpest shock.
The unexpectedness of the crushing hurt of it caused him to yelp and at the same time instinctively and spasmodically to pull back with all his strength.
But if the count, getting more and more into the swing of it, charmed the spectators by the unexpectedness of his adroit maneuvers and the agility with which he capered about on his light feet, Marya Dmitrievna produced no less impression by slight exertions- the least effort to move her shoulders or bend her arms when turning, or stamp her foot- which everyone appreciated in view of her size and habitual severity.
It struck him on the side; and such was his forward momentum and the unexpectedness of it, White Fang was hurled to the ground and rolled clear over.
The unexpectedness of my attack had, I realised, given me the whip-hand.
The foundation of his mother's psychology was her delightful unexpectedness. She could never let things be (this in a peculiar tone which he checked at once) and he really would take it very kindly of me if I came to break the tete-e-tete for a while (that is if I had no other engagement.
He was simply regarding the harrowing contingencies of human experience, the unexpectedness of things.
The unexpectedness of this sally on the part of the hitherto silent old man caused some laughter among the intruders.
We were all glad for Peter's sake, though a little dizzy over the unexpectedness of it all.
But when she heard herself called the child of a cheat and a swindler, the very monstrous unexpectedness of this caused in her a revulsion towards letting herself go.
The sheer unexpectedness of it made my hair stir under my cap.
The utter unexpectedness, improbability, and inconceivableness of such an event robbed this vague declaration of all its effect.