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
So Lilith’s 35-city tour, featuring McLachlan, Crow, Tracey Chapman, Jewel, and more than 60 other female acts, was unprecedented.
Maybe some of this is easier to see now, after Hunt fired general manager John Dorsey in a move that shocked the football world and is seen as unprecedented in its timing and context.
This would mean unprecedented cuts in services for people with disabilities, such as: home health care; funding for durable medical equipment and necessary home modification for better accessibility, etc...
Media, telecommunications, and technology are rapidly merging and consolidating in unprecedented ways.
The 3-year duration of this latest event is unprecedented; previous bouts of global bleaching came and went within a year.
Among the highest-profile incidents that have left the local real estate industry feeling under siege: unprecedented federal monitoring of shell companies buying pricey homes in cash.
The conditions that created the bonebed, and what led to Allosaurus being buried in unprecedented numbers, are still unknown, not to mention all the other paleobiological and ecological details still embedded in bone and rock.
While directors coming and going from projects is nothing new, a departure this late in the game on a film so massive is unprecedented.
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UNPRECEDENTED Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of unprecedented for English Language Learners
: not done or experienced before
UNPRECEDENTED Defined for Kids
Definition of unprecedented for Students
: not done or experienced before The event was unprecedented.
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