unfortunately

unfortunately
[[t]ʌnfɔ͟ː(r)tʃʊnətli[/t]]
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ADV-GRADED: ADV with cl, oft ADV for n (feelings)
You can use unfortunately to introduce or refer to a statement when you consider that it is sad or disappointing, or when you want to express regret.

Unfortunately, my time is limited...

Unfortunately for the Prince, his title brought obligations as well as privileges...

The enclosed photograph is unfortunately not good enough to reproduce.

Syn:
regrettably

English dictionary. 2008.

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