Origin and Etymology of unless
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
Recent Examples of unless from the Web
Zander and Sophia’s works will be on display for two months unless someone buys one of their pieces.
Natasha Spencer warned Illinois' top public health official two years ago that children would die unless the state quickly implemented screening for a deadly disease that can be treated only if caught in the first days of life.
However, getting rid of Mr Mueller would be an act of presidential self-harm (unless, of course, Mr Trump would suffer even more from the truth coming out).
This fungus can kill your tree over winter, since open lesions are infection locations that will carry over into spring leafing unless controlled now.
One proposal has a Kingdom of Arendelle being built on the northern edge of Fantasyland to replace the Fantasyland Theatre and possibly portions of Toontown—unless Galaxy edges into it.
At the time, in D.C., a child was not considered abandoned unless the mother had no contact with the child or the institution for 30 days.
Meetings are in the Council Chamber of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, unless otherwise noted.
These events are on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23 unless otherwise noted.
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