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[luh-men-tuh-buh l, lam-uh n-tuh-] /ləˈmɛn tə bəl, ˈlæm ən tə-/
that is to be lamented; regrettable; unfortunate:
a lamentable decision.
Rare. mournful.
Origin of lamentable
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin lāmentābilis, equivalent to lāmentā(rī) (see lament) + -bilis -ble
Related forms
lamentableness, noun
lamentably, adverb
unlamentable, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for lamentable
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  • One of the Creator's lamentable mistakes, repented in sashcloth and axes.

    The Devil's Dictionary Ambrose Bierce
  • Had he—Page—come by chance on a secret,—dramatic and lamentable!

    The Coryston Family Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • There was a man with tongue of wood Who essayed to sing, And in truth it was lamentable.

    War is Kind Stephen Crane
  • The two figures, of a muddy grey in tint, stood out, lamentable.

    His Masterpiece Emile Zola
  • It's hideous, it's lamentable and grotesque; you'll end by seeing so yourself.

    His Masterpiece Emile Zola
British Dictionary definitions for lamentable


wretched, deplorable, or distressing
an archaic word for mournful
Derived Forms
lamentableness, noun
lamentably, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for lamentable

c.1400, from Middle French lamentable and directly from Latin lamentabilis "full of sorrow, mournful, lamentable," from lamentari "to lament" (see lamentation). Related: Lamentably.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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