- full of regret; sorrowful because of what is lost, gone, or done.
Origin of regretful
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Examples from the Web for regretful
But he only gazed at her with a thoughtful, regretful perplexity.The Mystery of Murray Davenport
Robert Neilson Stephens
The handsome Cardinal was suave, courtly, regretful, but firm.The Historical Nights' Entertainment
“That is quite true,” agreed the other, with a regretful sigh.The Bondwoman
Marah Ellis Ryan
"That is most unfortunate," replied the Count, in a regretful tone.Dave Darrin on Mediterranean Service
H. Irving Hancock
Naturally, that at first made him regretful, and later it made him jealous.The Winning Clue</p>
James Hay, Jr.
Word Origin and History for regretful
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