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[ri-gret-uh-buh l] /rɪˈgrɛt ə bəl/
causing or deserving regret; unfortunate; deplorable.
Also, regretable.
Origin of regrettable
1595-1605; < Middle French regret(t)able; see regret, -able
Related forms
regrettableness, noun
regrettably, adverb
unregrettable, adjective
unregrettably, adverb
Can be confused
regretful, regrettable.
regretfully, regrettably. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for regrettable
  • 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.
  • It would be a weird, regrettable, and sadly not entirely improbable outcome if things keep going in the current direction.
  • It talks about pumping in sea water as something that was regrettable, but necessary to solve the problem.
  • The impulse to pit one orchestra against another is as regrettable as it is irresistible.
  • It's regrettable, though, that editors and reporters have to wait for such developments.
  • And yet, in another sense, it is regrettable that the matter of race has been pushed off the table.
  • The second was a regrettable response to an unsustainable bubble.
Word Origin and History for regrettable

c.1600, "deserving of regret," from regret + -able. Related: Regrettably.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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