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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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Examples from the web for regretfully
  • regretfully the crew abandoned ship and transferred themselves and as much equipment as they could salvage to another vessel.
  • regretfully, the effect of this legislation would be far less economical than its language.
Word Origin and History for regretfully

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].

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