regretful

[ri-gret-fuh l]
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Origin of regretful

First recorded in 1640–50; regret + -ful
Related formsre·gret·ful·ly, adverbre·gret·ful·ness, nounun·re·gret·ful, adjectiveun·re·gret·ful·ly, adverbun·re·gret·ful·ness, noun
Can be confusedregretful regrettableregretfully regrettably
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adj.

1640s, "full of regret," from regret + -ful. Regretfully, properly "with regret," incorrectly used in place of regrettably "it is to be regretted that; calling for regret" since at least 1965. "A regrettable use, prob. after HOPEFULLY adv.2" [OED].

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