: in a sad manner : in a way that shows sadness or unhappiness
- They spoke sadly of their loss.
- She shook her head sadly.
: in a way that causes feelings of sadness, disappointment, or regret
- a garden that has been sadly neglected for many years
- What was top-of-the-line when the house was built was by now sadly outdated.
- —Sue Grafton
- The Greek populations of these great cities are now sadly diminished or gone altogether, leaving them much duller places.
- —Robert Fox
—used to say that something is sad, unfortunate, or regrettable
- Sadly, you can upload a perfectly working website today and return a few months later to find that many of its external links have died off.
- —Matthew MacDonald
- Is there a way to get the virus out of an afflicted cat's system? "Sadly, no," says Dr. [James] Richards.
- —Tom Ewing