except under the circumstances that: I'll be there at nine, unless the train is late.
except; but; save: Nothing will come of it, unless disaster.
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How to use unless in a sentence
unless there is a court decision that changes our law, we are OK.
It is grandstanding for a right rarely protected unless under immediate attack.Politicians Only Love Journalists When They're Dead | Luke O’Neil | January 8, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
They had rarely seen their own fathers carry small children unless their mothers were ill.
Which is impossible unless people talk publicly rather than letting each crime be its own isolated incident.Cover-Ups and Concern Trolls: Actually, It's About Ethics in Suicide Journalism | Arthur Chu | January 3, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
In some ways I never got out of that unless realizing… well, that kind of seals it off.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile | Robert Ward | January 3, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
For instance, the Limestone Polypody is not happy unless there is a certain amount of lime present in the soil.How to Know the Ferns | S. Leonard Bastin
This was why we resolved, at the time of our arrival, not to baptize any adults unless they were previously well catechized.
However great the power of Revival, there is no memory unless there was a First Impression.Assimilative Memory | Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
If we set him adrift the poor child would starve—unless the cat got him.The Tale of Grandfather Mole | Arthur Scott Bailey
The intensity of his sensations seemed inexplicable, unless some reality, some truth, lay behind them.The Wave | Algernon Blackwood
British Dictionary definitions for unless
(subordinating) except under the circumstances that; except on the condition that: they'll sell it unless he hears otherwise
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