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or re·gret·a·ble

[ri-gret-uh-buh l]
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  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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Related Words for regrettably

severely, sorely, badly, very, intensely, acutely, grievously, sadly, gravely, regrettably, decidedly, quite, deplorably, distressingly, menacingly, perilously, precariously, threateningly, miserably, unhappily

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Contemporary Examples of regrettably

Historical Examples of regrettably

  • He was dressed as regrettably as usual, this time in parts of two lounge-suits.

    Ruggles of Red Gap

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • Regrettably, before the end of the day, the situation deteriorated.

    Tartarin de Tarascon

    Alphonse Daudet

  • And who most regrettably to themselves and to us, I hope I may say, are not with us to-day.


    George Madden Martin

  • Deaths were regrettably few; and resignations could hardly be expected.

  • Acton was, from her point of view, regrettably contented with his commercial status in the new and crudely vigorous West.

    The Greater Power

    Harold Bindloss

Word Origin and History for regrettably



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

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