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regretful

[ri-gret-fuh l] /rɪˈgrɛt fəl/
adjective
1.
full of regret; sorrowful because of what is lost, gone, or done.
Origin
1640-1650
1640-50; regret + -ful
Related forms
regretfully, adverb
regretfulness, noun
unregretful, adjective
unregretfully, adverb
unregretfulness, noun
Can be confused
regretful, regrettable.
regretfully, regrettably.
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Word Origin and History for regret-fully

regretful

adj.

1640s, "full of regret," from regret + -ful. Regretfully, properly "with regret," incorrectly used in place of regrettably "it is to be regretted that; calling for regret" since at least 1965. "A regrettable use, prob. after HOPEFULLY adv.2" [OED].

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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