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or regretable

[ri-gret-uh-buh l] /rɪˈgrɛt ə bəl/
causing or deserving regret; unfortunate; deplorable.
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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  • This negative dogmatism is as regrettable as the positive variety.

    Psychical Miscellanea J. Arthur Hill
  • It was regrettable that she and Eric knew so few people in common.

    The Education of Eric Lane Stephen McKenna
  • It is really the story of his life activities, for regrettable as it is, there does lack a picture of the man's personality.

    James Cutbush Edgar F. Smith
  • The incident is regrettable, but the emergency was dealt with—in time.

    The Yellow Claw Sax Rohmer
  • Protestants have looked upon it as a necessity, but have taught that it was regrettable that such was the case.

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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