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[luh-men-tuh-buh l, lam-uh n-tuh-] /ləˈmɛn tə bəl, ˈlæm ən tə-/
that is to be lamented; regrettable; unfortunate:
a lamentable decision.
Rare. mournful.
Origin of lamentable
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin lāmentābilis, equivalent to lāmentā() (see lament) + -bilis -ble
Related forms
lamentableness, noun
lamentably, adverb
unlamentable, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for lamentable
  • But it's lamentable that this product even needs to exist.
  • But matters are far worse than the naïve reader would conclude from his pointed emphasis on the lamentable plight of the reviewer.
  • It's definitely lamentable that the concept of high fidelity seems to be largely a lost relic.
  • The bounding one's current return to the screen has about it a lamentable air of anachronism.
  • The loss of infantrymen is lamentable when the army is so thinly stretched, but the reforms seem sound.
  • McLuhan was an eccentric, but calling him a clown is a lamentable excuse for not reading his important works.
  • It is certainly lamentable that the nuclear non-proliferation regime has been crumbling.
  • But the story of missed opportunities is lamentable and the degree of execution risk formidable.
  • Pushing products in traditionally lamentable zoo shops helps.
  • Bleating about their lamentable plight doesn't suffice.
British Dictionary definitions for lamentable


wretched, deplorable, or distressing
an archaic word for mournful
Derived Forms
lamentableness, noun
lamentably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for lamentable

c.1400, from Middle French lamentable and directly from Latin lamentabilis "full of sorrow, mournful, lamentable," from lamentari "to lament" (see lamentation). Related: Lamentably.

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