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[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. 2017.
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  • Deaths were regrettably few; and resignations could hardly be expected.

  • regrettably, before the end of the day, the situation deteriorated.

    Tartarin de Tarascon Alphonse Daudet
  • The average young wife is regrettably inexperienced in the matter of husbands.

    Bizarre Lawton Mackall
  • 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
  • But there is hardly an anatomist or an anthropologist who has not had his say upon this regrettably very incomplete remnant.

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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