regrettable

[ri-gret-uh-buhl]
adjective
causing or deserving regret; unfortunate; deplorable.
Also, regretable.


Origin:
1595–1605; < Middle French regret(t)able; see regret, -able

regrettableness, noun
regrettably, adverb
unregrettable, adjective
unregrettably, adverb

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
If this were simply a case of one accounting firm doing wrong, that would be
  regrettable but containable.
Of course it's regrettable, but it's regrettably necessary.
The personal invective in this rant, however, is highly regrettable.
Other people believe that the dramatic changes in family structure, though
  regrettable, are impossible to reverse.
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