Unfortunately is a pretty challenging word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
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Below you will find the definition of unfortunately, followed by 34 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(adverb) - by bad luck
EXAMPLES - Unfortunately in a Sentence
- But, unfortunately, that is where the progress stopped. (source)
- Man-o-war unfortunately is rigid and will crack and flake off. (source)
- This, unfortunately, is the way things work inside the beltway. (source)
- ENDO: Well, yes, unfortunately, that is what happened yesterday. (source)
- His name unfortunately was Eustace Scrubb, but he wasn't a bad sort. (source)
- Which is what -- unfortunately, which is what happened to a lot of people. (source)
- Hoyer tried to explain how the anger has "unfortunately" -- that word again! (source)
- And I think it adds to that mistrust, unfortunately, which is a real problem. (source)
- The answer, unfortunately, is that the average citizen has not benefited much. (source)
- I think this type of Journalism unfortunately is what we often get here in Brazil. (source)
- It's all in Swedish unfortunately but I'll post the link for anyone who's interested. (source)
- I think they may be another American who may beat him to that title unfortunately for him. (source)
- Maybe this is not exactly how it all started but, unfortunately, that is where it is today. (source)
- I would return the favor but she literally (Joe loves that word unfortunately) has no record. (source)
- I've already seen it (can't remember the name unfortunately) but those who haven't it's well worth the watch. (source)
- Brooke is in New York City, a flashy fashion designer with her own label unfortunately run by her viscous mother. (source)
- She stated that the main river was called Temiangandgeen, a name unfortunately too long to be introduced into maps. (source)
- When you've debt instruments trading below their face value, that unfortunately translates into pressure on equities values. (source)
- Oil, unfortunately, is not in the hands of a 'free market' but of different groups vying for extra-market political dominance. (source)
- All she can do at this point is continue to hurt the party, and unfortunately, that is something she is getting very good at ... (source)
- (cant remember the name unfortunately), famous for its feijoa - famous and delicious Colombian fruit, good for eating and drinking. (source)
- "Unfortunately, and I want to emphasize the word unfortunately, I believe this area is a hot bed for folks who do want to appeal that." (source)
- The term unfortunately has been hijacked by those enamored with the so called trendier parts of Eastern religions and new age movements. (source)
- As of last week, the film has only earned around $19 million domestically, which unfortunately is short of its $25 million purported production cost. (source)
- I heard a lady the other day (I misremember her name unfortunately) who said that she would like to have the husband of, I believe, Anita Hill die of a heart attack. (source)
- The traditional media has resources and lawyers to defend their rights, but citizens are cornered, unable to defend themselves if they have no resources, which, unfortunately, is common. (source)
- Difficult in this practical time to find a sincere husband like Wally & a lover wife like Fae, they are a romantic couple disappeared unfortunately from the youth generation, except few young people. (source)
- It's very short - it only took me 5 minutes - but it also happens to be entirely in Korean unfortunately, so for the sake of helping her out (and practicing my Korean) I've translated it for you below. (source)
- "Bebo, unfortunately, is a business that has been declining and, as a result, would require significant investment in order to compete in the competitive social-networking space," reads an excerpt from the memo. (source)
- Excellent growing conditions for peanuts unfortunately translates into excellent conditions for weeds and diseases, says Beasley, and Palmer amaranth pigweed was a particularly troublesome pest this year for Georgia growers. (source)
- Max Manus ( 'man of war' is the cheesy undertitle unfortunately) - cracking Norwegian WWII film about a bloke who volunteers to fight the Soviets for the Finns, then goes back home as a saboteur to bomb the Germans out of Oslo. (source)
- One of the countless lessons of the Bush era is that the American people, for better or for worse, respond very positively to a leader who acts with conviction (unfortunately, that is the case pretty much regardless of what that conviction may be). (source)
- Democrats talk issues, they talk policy and they present the facts they do not attempt to reduce complex issues into sound bites ... unfortunately, that is what you call poor marketing for the targeted audience which has the attention span of a gnat. (source)
- And unfortunately, that is the only language we Americans seem to be able to relate to, at least those who are currently spewing the ill-informed spittle that is being voiced and covered at these town hall meetings or that is being propagated by the conservative opposition forces. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 34 example sentences provided below is 49.0, which suggests that "unfortunately" is a difficult word that tends to be used by individuals of higher education, and is likely found in more advanced literature or in academia.
We have 10 synonyms for unfortunately.
disastrously, dismally, grievously, horribly, lamentably, miserably, regrettably, sadly, unhappily, unsuccessfully
We have 5 antonyms for unfortunately.
appropriately, favorably, fortunately, happily, luckily
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of unfortunately from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (adverb) Happening through bad luck, or because of some unfortunate event.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) In an unfortunate manner; by ill fortune; unhappily.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (adverb) by bad luck