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[ uhn-fawr-chuh-nit-lee ]


  1. it is unfortunate that:

    Unfortunately, our flight was delayed for several hours.

  2. in a way or to a degree that is unfortunate or unlucky:

    The project was unfortunately placed on hold until further notice.

  3. in a way that is regrettable or unsuitable to the situation:

    Thank you for your comment, and I apologize for my unfortunately worded statement.


/ ʌnˈfɔːtʃənɪtlɪ /


  1. sentence modifier it is regrettable that; unluckily

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Word History and Origins

Origin of unfortunately1

First recorded in 1540–50; unfortunate ( def ) + -ly ( def )

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Example Sentences

If that existed, then it would probably make it more attractive for the county or city to connect their wetlands with their climate action plans but unfortunately that’s not the case.

Most venture capital firms fund what they know, and unfortunately few understand the affordable housing community, which is largely minority with female heads of household.

The people they cast were of that age or close to it, and that’s unfortunately uncommon.

Now, unfortunately, her mother is gravely ill, and I know I will soon need to express my sympathy.

If you leave the kid just for a few minutes, they’re very vulnerable and they can unfortunately die.

Unfortunately, this is more about protecting the legacy of a ‘great man.’

I wish I could be writing to you under better circumstances, but unfortunately those avenues have closed up.

Unfortunately, the underground tunnels that were used to transport booze and, if necessary, escaping patrons, are off-limits.

Unfortunately, the most confused Ebola alarmists had millions of followers: Sean Hannity and Ann Coulter.

Unfortunately, that means suppressing fire or cutting down all the pretty uninfected trees can cause mistletoe outbreaks.

This was my sincere endeavor, in those many discourses I had with that monarch, although it unfortunately failed of success.

My memory is well stored, but unfortunately I have never kept a diary or commonplace book of any kind.

To drop on one knee and level his piece was the work of an instant, but unfortunately he snapped a dry twig in doing so.

Unfortunately Massna's record was not such as to inspire confidence in the purity of his intentions.

Unfortunately, I had studied so little at that time, that I don't feel as if I were competent to judge him.


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