1. in an unfortunate way

- sadly he died before he could see his grandchild

Similar word(s): unhappily

2. with sadness; in a sad manner

- `She died last night,' he said sadly

3. in an unfortunate or deplorable manner

- he was sadly neglected

Similar word(s): deplorably, lamentably, woefully

Sentences with sadly as an adverb:

- If you think you’re getting out of this place alive, you are sadly mistaken, my friend.

- Sadly, the two were never to meet again.