lamentable

[ luh-men-tuh-buh l, lam-uh n-tuh- ]
/ ləˈmɛn tə bəl, ˈlæm ən tə- /

adjective

that is to be lamented; regrettable; unfortunate: a lamentable decision.
Rare. mournful.

Nearby words

  1. lamellose,
  2. lamellosity,
  3. lamely,
  4. lameness,
  5. lament,
  6. lamentation,
  7. lamentations,
  8. lamented,
  9. lamentedly,
  10. lamerie

Origin of lamentable

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin lāmentābilis, equivalent to lāmentā(rī) (see lament) + -bilis -ble

Related formsla·men·ta·ble·ness, nounla·men·ta·bly, adverbun·lam·en·ta·ble, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for lamentable

lamentable

/ (ˈlæməntəbəl) /

adjective

wretched, deplorable, or distressing
an archaic word for mournful
Derived Formslamentableness, nounlamentably, adverb

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Word Origin and History for lamentable

lamentable

adj.

c.1400, from Middle French lamentable and directly from Latin lamentabilis "full of sorrow, mournful, lamentable," from lamentari "to lament" (see lamentation). Related: Lamentably.

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