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English definition of “sadly”

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.

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.
(Definition of sadly from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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