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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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  • lamentably, evolutionary psychologists are well known for replicating such biases in their research and public writing.
  • The process is lamentably patchy and far from complete.
  • And firms have been lamentably slow to build trade links with these fast-growing economies.
  • But calm, public discussion of their benefits and drawbacks has been lamentably lacking.
  • Yet our efforts at increasing the data pool are lamentably poor.
  • The two major parties have a stranglehold on government, lamentably.
  • lamentably, not too many years were left to us to prove him right.
  • As a result, the term management-by-litigation lamentably applies all too often.
  • Indicators have lamentably been enshrouded with mystery.
  • It was lamentably funny lie was dripping, shorn of his glory and in a sorry plight.
British Dictionary definitions for lamentably


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



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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