English Thesaurus

Synonyms of 'unforeseen'

(adjective) 
Definition
surprising because not expected
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the show has been cancelled.
Synonyms
unexpected
His death was totally unexpected.
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unanticipated
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unpredicted
, ,
surprising
A surprising number of customers order the same sandwich each day.
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sudden
It was all very sudden.
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startling
His hair was dyed a startling black.
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accidental
The jury returned a verdict of accidental death.
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abrupt
His abrupt departure is bound to raise questions.
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out of the blue
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unlooked-for
This unlooked-for opportunity couldn't be lost.
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unenvisaged
Opposites
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predicted
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anticipated
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envisaged
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foreseen

Additional synonyms

in the sense of abrupt
Definition
sudden or unexpected
His abrupt departure is bound to raise questions.
in the sense of accidental
Definition
occurring by chance or unintentionally
The jury returned a verdict of accidental death.
Synonyms
in the sense of startling
His hair was dyed a startling black.

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