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sadly

adverb uk   /ˈsæd.li/ us  

sadly adverb (NOT HAPPY)

B2 in an unhappy way: "He's gone away for six months," she said sadly.
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  • She will be sadly missed by all who knew her.
  • "I just miss him." she said sadly.
  • "I want my Daddy back." he said, sadly.
  • He shook his head sadly.
  • Sadly, she didn't live that long.

sadly adverb (UNPLEASANT)

B2 in a way that is not satisfactory: Sadly, the treatment doesn't work for all patients. If you think she'll let you do that, you're sadly (= completely) mistaken.
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