Does Lest Have The Same Meaning As Unless?


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Will Martin Profile
Will Martin answered
No, it doesn't. "Lest" is an old word, almost out of use now. You only really find it in poetic expressions like "Lest we forget" (often used in connection with the soldiers who died in World War I, though the phrase actually comes from an older poem by Rudyard Kipling.) The nearest equivalents in modern English would be "in case" or "for fear that" and it is always followed by a subject and a verb. An example sentence might be:

I daren't touch the china vase, lest I break it. (ie., I am so afraid of breaking it that I won't touch it.

"Unless" has the same position in a sentence, but means "if not." Example sentences could be:

I'll go for a picnic tomorrow unless it rains (ie., if it doesn't rain)

I won't go unless you do (ie., if you don't go.)
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Anonymous commented
Nice Explanation Wordy. But I've learnt an another meaning a "lest = Otherwise."
E.g: Hey come to the Office at right time , lest you can resign.

I need a little amount of clarification from you Wordy.
I will Owe to your valuable timely reply.

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Jo Nol Profile
Jo Nol answered
I think of it meaning something like "if" but with a warning. It wouldn't be good if whatever it is happens.
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Learning2Learn answered
Think About It....
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"Less We Forget" ANZAC Slogon
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