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English definition of “sadly”

sadly

adverb (UNPLEASANT)    /ˈsæd.li/
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.Sadness and regret
(Definition of sadly adverb (UNPLEASANT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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