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or regretable

[ri-gret-uh-buh l] /rɪˈgrɛt ə bəl/
causing or deserving regret; unfortunate; deplorable.
Origin of regrettable
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. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He was dressed as regrettably as usual, this time in parts of two lounge-suits.

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • regrettably, before the end of the day, the situation deteriorated.

    Tartarin de Tarascon Alphonse Daudet
  • And who most regrettably to themselves and to us, I hope I may say, are not with us to-day.

    Selina George Madden Martin
  • Deaths were regrettably few; and resignations could hardly be expected.

  • Acton was, from her point of view, regrettably contented with his commercial status in the new and crudely vigorous West.

    The Greater Power Harold Bindloss
Word Origin and History for regrettably



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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