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synonyms for unexpected

  • abrupt
  • accidental
  • amazing
  • astonishing
  • fortuitous
  • startling
  • stunning
  • sudden
  • swift
  • unanticipated
  • unforeseen
  • unpredictable
  • wonderful
  • chance
  • electrifying
  • eye-opening
  • from left field
  • impetuous
  • impulsive
  • instantaneous
  • not bargained for
  • not in the cards
  • out of the blue
  • payback
  • prodigious
  • staggering
  • unheralded
  • unlooked-for
  • unpredicted
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antonyms for unexpected

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  • deliberate
  • designed
  • expected
  • intentional
  • planned
  • predictable
  • slow
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That geopolitical events would provide a push toward tech decoupling was unexpected.
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Such things rarely happen overnight and when they do burst into view, many people hasten to label it an “intelligence failure” — the default reaction when something unexpected happens in the world.
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Over the last several months, brands have seen unexpected spikes in product categories, from PPE, to outdoor gear, and they needed to adjust their ad strategy accordingly.
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Ensure that when scheduling, you’re giving enough leeway for your team to prioritize important aspects of the campaign and respond to unexpected situations.
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