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ʌnˈlɛs, ən-un·less

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Wiktionary

  1. unlessconjunction

    Except on a specified condition; if not.

    I'm leaving unless I get a pay rise.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Unlessconjunct.

    Except; if not; supposing that not.

    Let us not say, we keep the commandments of the one, when we break the commandments of the other: for, unless we observe both, we obey neither. Richard Hooker.

    Unless I look on Sylvia in the day,
    There is no day for me to look upon. William Shakespeare.

    What hidden strength,
    Unless the strength of heav’n, if you mean that. John Milton.

    For sure I am, unless I win in arms,
    To stand excluded from Emilia’s charms;
    Nor can my strength avail, unless by thee,
    Endu’d with force, I gain the victory. Dryden.

    The commendation of adversaries is the greatest triumph of a writer, because it never comes unless extorted. Dryden.

    No poet ever sweetly sung,
    Unless he were, like Phœbus, young;
    Nor ever nymph inspir’d to rhyme,
    Unless, like Venus, in her prime. Jonathan Swift.

Wikipedia

  1. Unless

    Unless is the final novel by Canadian writer Carol Shields, first published by Fourth Estate, an imprint of HarperCollins in 2002. 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 (especially The Stone Diaries), 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 (a Holocaust survivor and poet) drives much of her narration and view of herself. The novel deals extensively with the role of women and in particular, women's literature. Late in the novel, Reta starts to break from herself and write in character as a disenfranchised female writer. The underlying theme is that the lives of women are underwritten, ignored, and dealt with as "trivial" by the literary establishment. The novel also functions largely as an investigation into the role of writing in general (independent of gender). Reta's grief over her daughter's state makes her very inwardly focussed on the process of writing. A reflection of this is shown in the title of the book and the chapter titles. "Unless" and the chapter titles ("therefore", "else", "instead") are all words that are used to couch the fragmented manner in which life fits together. As Shields writes, "A life is full of isolated events, but these events, if they are to form a coherent narrative, require odd pieces of language to link them together, little chips of grammar (mostly adverbs or prepositions) that are hard to define [...] words like therefore, else, other, also, thereof, therefore, instead, otherwise, despite, already, and not yet." The novel was adapted into the 2016 film Unless, which stars Catherine Keener as Reta and Hannah Gross as Norah.On November 5, 2019, the BBC News listed Unless on its list of the 100 most influential novels.

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

Wikidata

  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

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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

Examples of Unless in a Sentence

  1. Susan Wood:

    The FDA isn't going to change The FDA unless the companies come in with the data and ask for a label change.

  2. Joe Rogan:

    There’s such a spectrum of shades of people. Unless you’re talking to someone who is, like, 100% African, from the darkest place, where they are not wearing any clothes all day and they’ve developed all that melanin to protect themselves from the sun, you know, even the term Black is weird. When you use it for people who are literally my color, it becomes very strange.

  3. San Diego Supervisor Greg Cox:

    I admire The US and the work that The US's been doing but I think the standard The US set last week, to not allow businesses to reopen unless the counties have gone two weeks without any deaths, is unrealistic in any urban county, we certainly want to work with The US in a cooperative vein but we need to have standards that are attainable.

  4. Alexander Siddig:

    …I know that, from an actor’s point of view, professionally you don’t want to be on a show like that for too long, unless you are one of the top leads who originated the show, because your schedule gets kind of messed up.

  5. Adam Schiff:

    Theyre going to put it in writing now instead of giving an oral briefing. That doesnt make any sense unless the goal is not to allow members of Congress, the representatives of the American people, to ask questions.

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