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regrettable

or regretable

[ri-gret-uh-buh l] /rɪˈgrɛt ə bəl/
adjective
1.
causing or deserving regret; unfortunate; deplorable.
Origin of regrettable
1595-1605
1595-1605; < Middle French regret(t)able; see regret, -able
Related forms
regrettableness, noun
regrettably, adverb
unregrettable, adjective
unregrettably, adverb
Can be confused
regretful, regrettable.
regretfully, regrettably.
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Examples from the Web for regrettable
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  • At the time of the regrettable accident she was with her aunt, and doubtless remains there.

  • The first week dragged to its close in this regrettable fashion.

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • It is a regrettable fact that I hesitate to kill any one in cold blood.

    Louisiana Lou William West Winter
  • It was regrettable that she and Eric knew so few people in common.

    The Education of Eric Lane Stephen McKenna
  • It is regrettable that he condensed it because we do not know what was 42 left out.

    John Baptist Jackson Jacob Kainen
Word Origin and History for regrettable
adj.

c.1600, "deserving of regret," from regret + -able. Related: Regrettably.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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