or re·gret·a·ble

[ ri-gret-uh-buh l ]
/ rɪˈgrɛt ə bəl /


causing or deserving regret; unfortunate; deplorable.

Nearby words

  1. regressive tax,
  2. regressively,
  3. regressivity,
  4. regret,
  5. regretful,
  6. regroup,
  7. regrow,
  8. regrowth,
  9. regt,
  10. regt.

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

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Word Origin and History for regrettable



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper