regretful

[ri-gret-fuhl]
adjective
full of regret; sorrowful because of what is lost, gone, or done.

Origin:
1640–50; regret + -ful

regretfully, adverb
regretfulness, noun
unregretful, adjective
unregretfully, adverb
unregretfulness, noun

1. regretful, regrettable ; 2. regretfully, regrettably.
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regret (rɪˈɡrɛt)
 
vb , -grets, -gretting, -gretted
1.  (may take a clause as object or an infinitive) to feel sorry, repentant, or upset about
2.  to bemoan or grieve the death or loss of
 
n
3.  a sense of repentance, guilt, or sorrow, as over some wrong done or an unfulfilled ambition
4.  a sense of loss or grief
5.  (plural) a polite expression of sadness, esp in a formal refusal of an invitation
 
[C14: from Old French regrete, of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse grāta to weep]
 
usage  Regretful and regretfully are sometimes wrongly used where regrettable and regrettably are meant: he gave a regretful smile; he smiled regretfully; this is a regrettable (not regretful) mistake; regrettably (not regretfully), I shall be unable to attend
 
re'gretful
 
adj
 
re'gretfully
 
adv
 
re'gretfulness
 
n
 
re'grettable
 
adj
 
re'grettably
 
adv
 
re'gretter
 
n

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Example sentences
They were more regretful, disappointed, and frustrated.
Yes, a good agent knows how to coax and cajole a regretful seller.
Characteristically, he believes he willed his own recovery, about which he
  sometimes sounds almost regretful.
He offers a kind of regretful apology about his compulsion for privacy.
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