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Meaning of unless by Wiktionary Dictionary

unless


    Pronunciation

    • IPA: /ənˈlɛs/, /ʌnˈlɛs/
    • Rhymes: -ɛs

    Etymology

    onlesse, from on lesse, from on a less condition ( on became un- )

    Alternative forms

    Conjunction

    unless

    1. Except on a specified condition; if not .
      I’m leaving unless I get a pay rise .

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Definition of unless by GCIDE Dictionary

unless


  1. Unless conj. [Formerly, onles, onlesse, onlesse that, that is, in less, in a less case. See On, and Less.] Upon any less condition than ( the fact or thing stated in the sentence or clause which follows ); if not; supposing that not; if it be not; were it not that; except; as, “we shall fail unless we are industrious”.

    ☞ By the omission of the verb in the dependent clause, unless was frequently used prepositionally, -- a construction common in Shakespeare and still employed colloquially.

    Here nothing breeds unless the nightly owl. Shak.