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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 lamentably
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  • It sounded ample—the tailors had not even sent in their bill yet—and yet somehow it was lamentably insufficient.

    Young Blood E. W. Hornung
  • Sometimes he would do excellently, and again he would "fall down" lamentably.

  • The cause of education in this lovely land is lamentably low.

  • It was lamentably weak, far from the hot expressions which she forced it to replace.

    Mistress Wilding Rafael Sabatini
  • She commended the method to me, saying that it served very well on week days, but was lamentably detrimental to her Sunday best.

    Le Petit Nord Anne Elizabeth Caldwell (MacClanahan) Grenfell and Katie Spalding
  • If you only knew how lamentably we are off for pretty people, you 'd pity us.

    A Day's Ride Charles James Lever
  • For the major was a lamentably plain-spoken man, who said but little, and said that little strong.

    Roden's Corner Henry Seton Merriman
  • He could not explain it, but he was lamentably weak and miserable.

    Second Book of Tales Eugene Field
  • I never before met with any lady of her rank and station who was so lamentably narrow-minded on the subject of foreigners.

    The Woman in White Wilkie Collins
  • All testimony proves that the fact was lamentably the reverse.

British Dictionary definitions for lamentably


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 lamentably



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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