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Meaning of "unless" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD UNLESS

Onlesse, from onon + lesseless; compare French à moins que, literally: at less than.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF UNLESS

unless  [ʌnˈlɛs] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF UNLESS

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Unless can act as a preposition and a conjunction.
The preposition is an invariable grammatical category, that has no meaning itself and which serves to link or relate terms.

The conjunction is an invariable grammatical category used to join together words and sentences.

WHAT DOES UNLESS MEAN IN ENGLISH?

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".

Definition of unless in the English dictionary

The definition of unless in the dictionary is except under the circumstances that; except on the condition that. Other definition of unless is except.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH UNLESS


bless
blɛs
coalesce
ˌkəʊəˈlɛs
convalesce
ˌkɒnvəˈlɛs
deviless
ˈdɛvəlɛs
gentilesse
ˈdʒɛntəˌlɛs
less
lɛs
Manizales
ˌmænɪˈzɑːlɛs
nevertheless
ˌnɛvəðəˈlɛs
nimblesse
ˈnɪmblɛs
noblesse
nəʊˈblɛs
nonetheless
ˌnʌnðəˈlɛs
obsolesce
ˌɒbsəˈlɛs
opalesce
ˌəʊpəˈlɛs
outbless
ˌaʊtˈblɛs
prebless
priːˈblɛs
recalesce
ˌriːkəˈlɛs
rulesse
ruːˈlɛs
simplesse
ˈsɪmplɛs

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE UNLESS

unlearnable
unlearned
unlearnedly
unlearnedness
unlearnt
unleased
unleash
unleavened
unled
unleisured
unleisurely
unlessoned
unlet
unlethal
unlettable
unletted
unlettered
unlevel
unlevelled
unlevied

WORDS THAT END LIKE UNLESS

bottomless
brainless
carbonless
chainless
crownless
dimensionless
directionless
emotionless
finless
frictionless
motionless
painless
passionless
rainless
seasonless
sinless
skinless
stainless
sunless
thornless
winless

Synonyms and antonyms of unless in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «unless» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF UNLESS

Find out the translation of unless to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of unless from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «unless» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

除非
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

a no ser que
570 millions of speakers

English

unless
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

जब तक
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

إِلاّ إِذا
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

если не
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

a menos que
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

যদি না
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

à moins que
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Melainkan jika
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

es sei denn
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

もし・・・でなければ
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

...이 아니면
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Kajaba
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

trừ khi
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

வரை
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

जोपर्यंत तो
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

olmadıkça
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

a meno che
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

chyba, że
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

якщо не
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

dacă nu
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

εκτός αν
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

tensy
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

om inte
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

med mindre
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of unless

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «UNLESS»

The term «unless» is very widely used and occupies the 2.309 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «UNLESS» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «unless» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «unless» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about unless

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10 QUOTES WITH «UNLESS»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word unless.
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Hank Aaron
I don't feel right unless I have a sport to play or at least a way to work up a sweat.
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Steve Allen
Asthma doesn't seem to bother me any more unless I'm around cigars or dogs. The thing that would bother me most would be a dog smoking a cigar.
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Joe Anderson
With 'The Crazies,' we had a lot of room to play and manipulate and change things. When you get something bigger, you have less control in that sense unless you're one of the three stars.
4
Nonso Anozie
I wouldn't say I'm moving to America; I certainly would say that I'm just staying there; and I certainly wouldn't advise anyone to come here unless they've got an extensive CV in the U.K.; you have to build your career wherever you started from.
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P. T. Barnum
True economy consists in always making the income exceed the out-go. Wear the old clothes a little longer if necessary; dispense with the new pair of gloves; mend the old dress: live on plainer food if need be; so that, under all circumstances, unless some unforeseen accident occurs, there will be a margin in favor of the income.
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Jim Beaver
More and more, I've started to understand that no show is dead unless somebody decrees it's dead at a studio.
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Glenn Beck
And I've come to the place where I believe that there's no way to solve these problems, these issues - there's nothing that we can do that will solve the problems that we have and keep the peace, unless we solve it through God, unless we solve it in being our highest self. And that's a pretty tall order.
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Ron Ben-Israel
Your best creative assets do not occur unless you do a mental shift. You have to be in a positive frame of mind because inspiration is fleeting. I walk to work for inspiration and to clear my mind.
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Carla Bley
It would be really hard to get serious about anything political today unless it was a joke.
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William Earl Brown
My dad traveled a lot, so I only usually saw him on weekends, growing up. His favorite actors in the world were Clint Eastwood and Burt Reynolds. If Clint or Burt had a movie out, we would go to the movies. He didn't like movies, generally, unless Clint or Burt were in them.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «UNLESS»

Discover the use of unless in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to unless and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Unless
Unless is a dazzling and daring novel from the undisputed master of extraordinary fictions about so-called 'ordinary' lives.
Carol Shields, 2010
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Unless You Become Like this Child
In one of the last books written before his death, the great theologian provides a moving and profound meditation on the theme of spiritual childhood.
Hans Urs von Balthasar, 1991
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Age doesn't matter unless you're a cheese: wisdom from our ...
Presents a collection of quotations from persons over the age of sixty about life and growing older.
Kathryn Petras, Ross Petras, 2002
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Unless the Threat of Death is Behind Them: Hard-boiled ...
" -- Modernism/Modernity "Stimulating... Irwin's psychoanalytic criticism offers subtle readings of the novels, their adaptations, and of the relations between these texts and their authors' lives.
John T. Irwin, 2006
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Unless It Moves the Human Heart: The Craft and Art of Writing
Unless It Moves the Human Heart details one semester in Rosenblatt's "Writing Everything" class.
Roger Rosenblatt, 2011
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Unless the Lord Build the House They Labor in Vain (Psalm ...
This book, "Construction, Obstruction, or Destruction" is the first volume in a series on the topic of the Lord constructing the perfect house-that is, completing us just the way that He intended us to be.
Rock D. Moore, 2010
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Don't Read This Unless You Want More Money!: Subconscious ...
This book removes the hard work of what it takes to discover and apply the real core affluence formula.Here's a small sample of what you'll discover inside this book:¿EXPOSED: Why your friends guarantee your financial affluence or ...
Dov Baron, 2010
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Unless the Wind Turns
Forced to reach outward to others in this crisis, the members of the party ultimately have to face themselves as well. Unless the Wind Turns is fast-moving and psychologically nuanced.
Mildred Walker, 1941
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Unless Victory Comes: Combat with a Machine Gunner in ...
Gene Garrison spent a terrifying nineteenth birthday crammed into a muddy foxhole near the German border in the Saar.
Gene Garrison, 2007
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Unless You Repent
Ironside's clear and gracious handling of the much misunderstood doctrine of repentance comes as a breath of fresh air, dispelling the fog.
Henry A. Ironside, William MacDonald, 1994

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «UNLESS»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term unless is used in the context of the following news items.
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Koch Brother Warns America 'Done for' Unless Conservatives …
DANA POINT, Calif. (AP) — Billionaire industrialist Charles Koch warned America is “done for” if the conservative donors and politicians he gathered at a retreat ... «TheBlaze.com, Aug 15»
2
Do or dye: why women daren't go grey (unless they're very brave or …
Do or dye: why women daren't go grey (unless they're very brave or very young). A woman can now aspire to lead the world … but heaven forbid she should ... «The Guardian, Aug 15»
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Customers Like Self-Service, Unless It Undermines Customer Support
Due to my inadvertent idiocy, I lobotomized my smartphone by accidentally deleting an essential function. After 20-plus minutes of laptop Googling, Binging and ... «blogs.hbr.org, Jul 15»
4
De Gea staying unless Ramos joins
Man Utd: David De Gea staying unless Ramos joins from Madrid. By Simon Stone BBC Sport. Manchester United are prepared to lose more than £25m and let ... «BBC Sport, Jul 15»
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Greece Faces Euro Exit Unless Demands Accepted by Sunday
European leaders talked openly about a Greek exit from the euro ahead of a weekend summit on the country's economic future, breaking dramatically with years ... «Bloomberg, Jul 15»
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'No new bailout unless Tsipras goes'
Greece will not get a cent in new eurozone bailout loans while Alexis Tsipras and Yanis Varoufakis remain in power, because Germany will block any such deal, ... «The Times, Jun 15»
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The S&P 500 P/E Ratio Is 19, Unless It's Actually 27
The S&P 500 P/E Ratio Is 19, Unless It's Actually 27. Even Robert Shiller doesn't know what to make of price-earnings data that make stocks look expensive. «Bloomberg, Jun 15»
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Texas Abortion Curbs Go Into Effect Soon, Unless Supreme Court Acts
At the hands of the Texas Legislature, the last four years have been long for supporters of abortion rights. The next blow lands on July 1, when a new law will go ... «NPR, Jun 15»
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We're Heading for Massively Slower Job Growth Unless Immigration …
Eurosclerosis will come to America unless we boost immigration, increase our work force, enhance productivity, or find lightning in a bottle. (Lightning in a bottle ... «Bloomberg, Jun 15»
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9 Things You Shouldn't Do On Instagram... Unless You're A Pug
Pugs can get away with anything. Thanks to their sweet, mushy faces and their snuggly personalities, they're stealing hearts whether they're on the street or on ... «Huffington Post, Jun 15»

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