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[ri-gret-uh-buh l] /rɪˈgrɛt ə bəl/
causing or deserving regret; unfortunate; deplorable.
Also, regretable.
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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Word Origin and History for regrettably



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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