Examples of unprecedented in a Sentence
- … on one occasion, a president (Eisenhower) refers to himself as "conservative." Four years later, the Republican presidential nominee (Goldwater) announces that he is "a conservative." Another sixteen years later, Ronald Reagan, a self-declared conservative, is elected president by an overwhelming majority. By that time—1980—more Americans identify themselves as conservatives than as liberals. This was, and remains, a tectonic transformation, unprecedented in American history. —John Lukacs, Harper's, March 2008
- Faced with an unprecedented crisis that combines cyclical turbulence with metastasizing digital technology that steals away revenue and readers at an alarming and seemingly accelerating rate (while offering newspapers only stingy payoffs), publishers and editors everywhere have thrown away their rule books—and, to find their way in this new and alien environment, are ready to implement previously unthinkable changes. —Mark Fitzgerald et al., Editor & Publisher, August 2008
- Many of the forces that initially sent the economy into a tailspin in 1929 and 1930 have been at work in the 2000s as well: a stock-market boom turned bust, a real estate boom turned bust, unprecedented levels of consumer debt. —Justin Fox, Time, 10 Mar. 2008
- Shakespeare served as exemplar of the writer who achieved success, and an unprecedented degree of financial reward, from his pen alone. —Jonathan Bate, Harper's, April 2007
- Fan fiction … was once mainly a fringe pursuit. Now, it's changing the world of fiction, as Internet exposure helps unknown authors find mainstream success. Some Web sites are attracting unprecedented numbers of readers and, in some cases, leading to book deals. —John Jurgensen, Wall Street Journal, 16–17 Sept. 2006
- Shocking as it is, more than a month after the hurricane hit, New Orleans is still, for all practical purposes, a ghost town. The entire population has left—an unprecedented situation in modern times in any major city anywhere. —Tom Piazza, Why New Orleans Matters, 2005
The team has enjoyed unprecedented success this year.
This level of growth is unprecedented.
An unprecedented number of students are taking the class.
Recent Examples of unprecedented from the Web
According to the Chicago Tribune, a sitting mayor submitting to sworn testimony in a lawsuit that alleges wrongdoing is rare but not unprecedented.
Having a sitting mayor submit to sworn testimony in a lawsuit alleging wrongdoing by the city is unusual but not unprecedented.
Such statewide strikes are unusual but not unprecedented; West Virginia teachers last walked out in 1990.
Several lawyers contacted in recent days called the move highly unusual but probably not unprecedented.
For a period of nearly 15 months, from just after the November 2016 election through Feb. 2 of this year, the VIX stayed under 20 — a long, though not unprecedented streak of below-average volatility.
The measures the government requested and the judge allowed to restrict the public's ability to watch the undercover agent testify are unusual but not unprecedented.
The idea isn’t unprecedented, even if talent might not love being replaced by real people.
Medicaid premiums are not unprecedented, and they’ve been studied.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'unprecedented.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
First Known Use of unprecedented
UNPRECEDENTED Defined for English Language Learners
UNPRECEDENTED Defined for Kids
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up unprecedented? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).