What does unless mean?

Definitions for unlessʌnˈlɛs, ən-

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Wiktionary

  1. unless(Conjunction)

    Except on a specified condition; if not.

    Iu2019m leaving unless I get a pay rise.

  2. Origin: onlesse, from on lesse, from on a less condition (on became un-)

Webster Dictionary

  1. Unless

    upon any less condition than (the fact or thing stated in the sentence or clause which follows); if not; supposing that not; if it be not; were it not that; except; as, we shall fail unless we are industrious

Freebase

  1. Unless

    Unless, first published by Fourth Estate, an imprint of Harper Collins in 2002, is the final novel by Canadian writer Carol Shields. Semi-autobiographical, it was the capstone to Shields's writing career: she died shortly after its publication in 2003. The work was widely acclaimed and nominated for the Booker Prize, the Giller Prize, the Governor General's Award, the Orange Prize for Fiction, and received the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. In 2011, it was a finalist in the Canada Reads competition, where it was defended by actor Lorne Cardinal. Like many of her works, Unless explores the extraordinary that lies within the ordinary lives of ordinary women. The novel is narrated in first person by 44-year old writer and translator, Reta Winters. The book proceeds as a linear series of reflections by Reta, elliptically coming to the thematic center of the story: the seemingly arbitrary decision of Reta's college-aged daughter Norah to drop out of university and live on the street with a cardboard sign affixed to her chest that reads "Goodness". Although the novel does not in any way proceed like a mystery, the reasons for Norah's departure from the normal world are Reta's primary motivation in writing. In parallel, her relationship with her French mentor drives much of her narration and view of herself.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Unless

    un-les′, conj. at or for less: if not: supposing that not: save, except. [Formerly on les, on lesse, in phrase on lesse that, in less than.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'unless' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #967

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'unless' in Written Corpus Frequency: #680

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of unless in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of unless in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Abraham J. Herschel:

    Life is not meaningful to us unless serving an end beyond itself, unless it is of value to someone else.

  2. Kathy Seligman:

    You can't hit a home run unless you step up to the plate. You can't catch a fish unless you put your line in the water. You can't reach your goals if you don't try.

  3. Keith DeCoster:

    Unless there is some big wellspring in demand and unless there's a bounce-back in the core tenants - the financial and legal sector - we don't see where the demand is going to come from.

  4. Keith DeCoster:

    Unless there is some big wellspring in demand and unless there's a bounce-back in the core tenants – the financial and legal sector - we don't see where the demand is going to come from.

  5. Lucius Annaeus Seneca:

    An action will not be right unless the will be right for from thence is the action derived. Again, the will will not be right unless the disposition of the mind be right for from thence comes the will.

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