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
The spur-of-the-moment White House lawn interview was, in the memory of those present, unprecedented.
The relationship deteriorated further as Canada took the unprecedented step of recalling its U.S. ambassador and the two men sparred over major policy issues, such as Canada’s refusal to accept nuclear warheads on Canadian soil.
While such a tragic spate is unprecedented in speed climbing on El Capitan, recency forces contemplation.
That was evident in April 2012 when the government took the unprecedented step of admitting that one of its satellite launches had failed.
In January four Supreme Court judges took the unprecedented step of holding a press conference to question the impartiality of their own boss, India’s chief justice.
Niu endowed his foundation by taking the unprecedented step of putting into it all of his and his family’s shares in his company, China Mengniu Dairy.
Amid the inquiry, Wolf took the unprecedented step of yanking Stack’s State Police protection and sharply scaled back staff at the lieutenant governor’s residence.
Auto makers have taken unprecedented steps in an attempt to cajole consumers to seek repairs, including canvassing homes and knocking on doors in some cases.
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