View synonyms for regrettable


or re·gret·a·ble

[ ri-gret-uh-buhl ]


  1. causing or deserving regret; unfortunate; deplorable.

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Other Words From

  • re·gret·ta·ble·ness noun
  • re·gret·ta·bly adverb
  • un·re·gret·ta·ble adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of regrettable1

First recorded in 1595–1605; from Middle French regret(t)able; regret, -able
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Example Sentences

I spent a regrettable percentage of my early 20s reading critically acclaimed novels by men that portrayed women as whiteboards for a man’s desire, scribbled over and barely distinguishable.

Her acceptance of responsibility and apology will be an important example to us all that we can successfully overcome our regrettable decisions, despite the costly consequences of this one to her.

Bush took responsibility for what he described as “regrettable incidents” that happened 14 years ago during a “particularly difficult personal time” in his life.

A regrettable moment can become an opportunity to model positive conflict-resolution behaviors while also maintaining closeness.

The military’s role in the space program is inevitable, even if Russell sees it as regrettable.

From Time

“I think the timing is incredibly regrettable,” New Zealand political commentator David Farrar tells The Daily Beast.

This regrettable action will, of course, ignite a racial gang war, leaving a heap of bodies in its wake.

It was regrettable that he left the country while being observed.

When they disagree, they tend to think there has been a regrettable, maybe terrible, mistake.

When Oates veers back into the war story, it is regrettable that certain factual inaccuracies become distractions.

Henry Hudson landed here, and many another Dutchman has been 'landed' and made regrettable discoveries right on this same spot.

It is regrettable that God did not possess the magnanimity of an Ingersoll and make health contagious instead of disease.

We leave the reader to make his own comments on these too regrettable facts.

Because of these two regrettable occurrences a great honor and pleasure has fallen upon me.

It was touching experience at a fresh point, and was far from being altogether regrettable.