What does unfortunate mean?

Definitions for unfortunate
ʌnˈfɔr tʃə nɪtun·for·tu·nate

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word unfortunate.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. unfortunate, unfortunate person(adj)

    a person who suffers misfortune

  2. unfortunate(adj)

    not favored by fortune; marked or accompanied by or resulting in ill fortune

    "an unfortunate turn of events"; "an unfortunate decision"; "unfortunate investments"; "an unfortunate night for all concerned"

  3. inauspicious, unfortunate(adj)

    not auspicious; boding ill

  4. unfortunate(adj)

    unsuitable or regrettable

    "an unfortunate choice of words"; "an unfortunate speech"

Wiktionary

  1. unfortunate(Noun)

    an unlucky person

  2. unfortunate(Adjective)

    not favored by fortune

  3. unfortunate(Adjective)

    marked or accompanied by or resulting in misfortune

Webster Dictionary

  1. Unfortunate(adj)

    not fortunate; unsuccessful; not prosperous; unlucky; attended with misfortune; unhappy; as, an unfortunate adventure; an unfortunate man; an unfortunate commander; unfortunate business

  2. Unfortunate(noun)

    an unfortunate person

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Unfortunate

    un-for′tū-nāt, adj. not fortunate, prosperous, or successful.—n. one who is unfortunate, esp. a fallen woman.—adv. Unfor′tunately.—n. Unfor′tunateness.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'unfortunate' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4251

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'unfortunate' in Adjectives Frequency: #734

How to pronounce unfortunate?

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    Alex
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    Daniel
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    Karen
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    Veena
    Veena
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How to say unfortunate in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of unfortunate in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of unfortunate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of unfortunate in a Sentence

  1. Tom Daschle:

    It's a very unfortunate evolution in that the checks and balances that our Founding Fathers had so emphasized... have been diminished if not completely eliminated, there are very few checks and balances today in large measure because of the unswerving loyalty and commitment the Republican caucus has made to President Donald Trump over and above their commitments to the role and the character of Powerful Senate. It's been a diminution in stature, in authority... in the ability of our constitutional order to provide the kind of real balance and oversight that is so critical to good government.

  2. Ronald Goldman sister:

    I want people to remember the victims although I realize this show is not about them, I just think that’s a little unfortunate, i didn’t expect to be asked for approval or permission, I just would liked to been extended an olive branch so I could have been a little bit more prepared.

  3. Hillary Clinton:

    For more than a century, Planned Parenthood has provided essential services for women, and I think it is unfortunate that Planned Parenthood had been the object of such a concerted attacks for so many years. It's really is an attack against a women's right to choose to make the most personal, difficult decisions that any woman would face based on her faith and the medical advice that she is given.

  4. Elijah Cummings:

    Running investigations in a private, fact-centric way is unquestionably the right way to conduct a serious investigation. The pitfall, of course, is that commentators, and sometimes even Members of your own Conference, offer thoughts on matters on which they are not familiar, my team of investigators, drawn from the military, federal agencies and the congressional oversight and ethics committees, has worked hard, and in an above-board manner. It is unfortunate when claims are made by those who do not know what the committee has done, why it has done it, or the results of its work. We made a promise to the families about the integrity of this investigation, and no one on the majority side has forgotten it.

  5. Robin Nandy:

    It is very unfortunate to see measles coming back as a public health problem.

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