What does unless mean?

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ʌnˈlɛs, ən-un·less

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Wiktionary

  1. unless(Conjunction)

    Except on a specified condition; if not.

    I'm leaving unless I get a pay rise.

    Etymology: 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

How to pronounce unless?

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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. Andre Bakhos:

    You have a little pullback this morning and I don't see it as anything more than that, unless something material, i.e. The Fed goes back on their word, come Wednesday, right now, it looks to be like a healthy pullback and a little profit-taking off the strength on Friday.

  2. Kwon Jong Gun:

    Given that the military exercise clearly puts us as an enemy in its concept, they should think that an inter-Korean contact itself will be difficult to be made unless they put an end to such a military exercise or before they make a plausible excuse or an explanation in a sincere manner.

  3. Ken Martin:

    We usually don’t know about these cases unless something horrific happens, but you have the son of a state legislator, a park full of people — and everyone has cellphones now — so we can only hope that parks will use this incident to re-evaluate industrywide protocols.

  4. President Uhuru Kenyatta:

    Kenya is making a statement that for us ivory is worthless unless it is on our elephants.

  5. Emeasoba George:

    Do you know? Knowledge is not enough until it is applied properly. Do you also know? Wishes are worthless unless you get yourself engaged in something genuine. Besides, hearing alone does not produce positive result except you believe undoubtedly what you have already heard and then act on it. Oh! yes, until you believe anything in toto that is just when you will surely receive it. In other words, believeability precedes actualization. So, have you been believing what you've been hearing? Or have you been doubtful all the while? Nevertheless, you've got to believe in positivities and possibilities and never in negativities and impossibilities. Because, if you do believe undoubtedly and certainly you will eventually receive. Even beyond your expectations. -Emeasoba George

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