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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.

    Etymology: un- + fortunate + -ly


  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. Richard Besser:

    I haven't seen convincing evidence that it’s more severe, i think the jury is out on that, but just the fact that so many more children are being infected with this strain means that there will be more children who have severe disease, there will be more children who are hospitalized and, unfortunately, there will be more children who die from COVID, and that’s not something we should allow to happen.

  2. Mr Bourke:

    Unfortunately and despite the pressure ... Melissa was under she did not ask for help.

  3. Darlene Harris:

    Unfortunately, I see very frequently that the legal system is used as a tool of retaliation, the evidence or lack thereof, will show that there is insufficient evidence to support the claims made against my client. We are looking forward to proving this through the appropriate legal processes.

  4. James Lewis:

    States still have a monopoly on power, some states may choose not to use it; unfortunately our adversaries dont work that way.

  5. Prince Feisal:

    When you are looking at high level athletes it does make it challenging with the difficulties several federations are facing, we do feel globally there is the impression professional sports is unfortunately corrupt because of some of the issues.

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    • A. ravening
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    • C. articulate
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