[luh-men-tuh-buh l, lam-uh n-tuh-]


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

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for lamentably

Historical Examples of lamentably

  • The minister was weakening most lamentably, giving her husband a loophole to escape.


    W. A. Fraser

  • It was lamentably weak, far from the hot expressions which she forced it to replace.

    Mistress Wilding

    Rafael Sabatini

  • If you only knew how lamentably we are off for pretty people, you 'd pity us.

    A Day's Ride

    Charles James Lever

  • "Oh, there is nothing to grieve on," said he, mistaking me most lamentably.

    John Splendid

    Neil Munro

  • Sometimes he would do excellently, and again he would "fall down" lamentably.

British Dictionary definitions for lamentably



wretched, deplorable, or distressing
an archaic word for mournful
Derived Formslamentableness, nounlamentably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for lamentably



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper