or re·gret·a·ble

[ri-gret-uh-buh l]


causing or deserving regret; unfortunate; deplorable.

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

Examples from the Web for regrettable

Contemporary Examples of regrettable

Historical Examples of regrettable

  • At the time of the regrettable accident she was with her aunt, and doubtless remains there.

  • The first week dragged to its close in this regrettable fashion.

    Ruggles of Red Gap

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • It is a regrettable fact that I hesitate to kill any one in cold blood.

    Louisiana Lou

    William West Winter

  • It was regrettable that she and Eric knew so few people in common.

  • It is regrettable that he condensed it because we do not know what was 42 left out.

Word Origin and History for regrettable

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper