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or re·gret·a·ble

[ri-gret-uh-buh l]
  1. causing or deserving regret; unfortunate; deplorable.
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Origin of regrettable

1595–1605; < Middle French regret(t)able; see regret, -able
Related formsre·gret·ta·ble·ness, nounre·gret·ta·bly, adverbun·re·gret·ta·ble, adjectiveun·re·gret·ta·bly, adverb
Can be confusedregretful regrettableregretfully regrettably
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Examples from the Web for regretable

Historical Examples of regretable

  • It was regretable that the steed did not measure up to her rider.

    The Sin of Monsieur Pettipon

    Richard Connell

  • It is often regretable that the reputation of the singer draws bigger audiences in America than the work to be performed.

Word Origin and History for regretable



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

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