re·​gret·​ful·​ly | \ ri-ˈgret-fə-lē How to pronounce regretfully (audio) \

Definition of regretfully

1 : with regret : in a regretful way had to regretfully decline the invitation speaking/sighing regretfully Having said all that, I must also say, regretfully, that "The Road to Mecca" seemed somehow unsatisfying to me, though I'm not sure why.— Mimi Kramer
2 used to say that something is regretted Regretfully, I won't be able to help.

Examples of regretfully in a Sentence

“I must leave now,” he said regretfully. I must regretfully decline your invitation.
Recent Examples on the Web Michael Gosney was a seventh-grader in Shawnee, Kan. during the Human Be-In on Jan. 14, 1967 and regretfully missed it. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, 19 May 2022 Yet Brice, knowing all that, still adored him, which makes a far more interesting tale than the bowdlerized one the show offers, of a duped woman finally and regretfully seeing the light. New York Times, 24 Apr. 2022 The Queen has regretfully canceled several official engagements recently, on her doctors' medical advice. Iris Goldsztajn, Marie Claire, 3 Nov. 2021 In the instantly infamous Episode 6, Oh’s character literally loses his marbles as his younger partner deviously, regretfully feeds him bad information in order to win. The New Yorker, 14 Oct. 2021 Better to choose one wedding and regretfully decline the other. Washington Post, 20 June 2021 The legacy of her feminist forebears (regretfully including me: guilty by association if not by intention) made her fantasies feel problematic. Washington Post, 17 June 2021 Thankfully for the dogs, but regretfully for the plot, Cruella reveals that the coat is made of synthetic fur. Anne Cohen,, 29 May 2021 The album thematically traces a breakup, with Laroi looking back regretfully on his and a partner’s mistakes. Andrew R. Chow, Time, 6 May 2021 See More

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First Known Use of regretfully

1682, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Regretfully.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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