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Definitions for Unfortunately

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. unfortunately, unluckily, regrettably, alasadverb

    by bad luck

    "unfortunately it rained all day"; "alas, I cannot stay"


  1. unfortunatelyadverb

    Happening through bad luck, or because of some unfortunate event.

  2. Etymology: un- + fortunate + -ly

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Unfortunatelyadverb

    Unhappily; without good luck.

    Unconsulting affection unfortunately born to mewards, made Zelmane borrow so much of her natural modesty, as to leave her more decent raiments. Philip Sidney.

    Most of these artists unfortunately miscarry’d, by falling down and breaking their arms. John Wilkins.

    She kept her countenance when the lid remov’d,
    Disclos’d the heart, unfortunately lov’d. Dryden.


  1. Unfortunately

    Unfortunately is the fourth studio album by Shalabi Effect. It was recorded on three consecutive nights at the Montreal Arts Interculturels Institute live.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Unfortunately' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2402

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Unfortunately' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1318

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Unfortunately' in Adverbs Frequency: #175

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Unfortunately in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Unfortunately in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of Unfortunately in a Sentence

  1. Joe Elmore:

    All of these animals have a valuable life, i am amazed at the coordinated effort of all of us working together. Unfortunately so many places are not organized well and these are the exact kind of animals that would be euthanized because of a lack of coordination.

  2. Tyre Nichols:

    Our members respond to hundreds of calls over and over, without fail. One incident should not define the good work being done by these dedicated public servants and some have taken that position, unfortunately.

  3. Andrea Miller:

    The unfortunate reality is that there are more than a dozen states right now where abortion is illegal or close to fully illegal, it is banned. And unfortunately, just like people are forced to do now, it is likely that some people in states where abortion is banned may choose to travel to another state to seek medication abortion, we don’t believe that anyone should be forced to travel in that way, and certainly, as this moves forward, there are a lot of very smart lawyers who are looking at the question of how they’ll be incorporated into drugstores and pharmacy chains, and where that can happen – and how these different federal and state provisions interplay.

  4. Carly Fiorina:

    If they can’t produce results then unfortunately leadership should go.

  5. Yafeuh Balogun:

    There’s many people that this particular individual represents, he, in a sense, spoke on their behalf and unfortunately it made a lot of officers lose their lives.

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