re·​gret·​ta·​ble | \ ri-ˈgre-tə-bəl How to pronounce regrettable (audio) \

Definition of regrettable

: deserving regret

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Examples of regrettable in a Sentence

His decision to quit is regrettable. It was a regrettable mistake.

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In the more nuanced retelling, a tournament employee made a regrettable decision. Jon Wertheim,, "50 Parting Thoughts From the 2019 French Open: Rafa, Barty and So Much More," 9 June 2019 But if men can embrace skinny, calf-hugging denim—a regrettable trend if ever there was one—then Virgil Abloh may be the guy to persuade them in this other, more compelling direction. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "Will Guys Wear Compression Leggings? Off-White’s Virgil Abloh Gets Into Activewear for Men’s Pre-Spring," 22 May 2019 The Panthers had perhaps just three regrettable games in the final two-plus months, losing twice to the Ottawa Senators and once to the Edmonton Oilers. Walter Villa, miamiherald, "A bittersweet ending for Panthers. But this is the lesson they learned for next season | Miami Herald," 9 Apr. 2018 Go through each other's high school yearbooks and crack up at your mutually regrettable haircut decisions. Gena Kaufman, Glamour, "21 Rainy-Day Date Ideas That Aren't Another Movie," 30 Mar. 2019 The specific kinds of lasers (carbon dioxide, or CO2, and erbium-YAG) and radio-frequency wands being promoted as vaginal wonders were first cleared by the FDA for reversing skin issues, like regrettable ink, wrinkles, and acne scars. Elizabeth Siegel, Allure, "Vaginal Rejuvenation Is on the Rise, But the Results Often Don't Live Up to the Hype," 27 Mar. 2019 And then, well, there was some stuff in the early ’90s that was pretty regrettable in terms of my personal look! Luke Leitch, Vogue, "Still Rad After All These Years: Tony Hawk Launches a Line in Paris," 19 Jan. 2019 Most everyone has made at least one or two regrettable choices in that department. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kamala Harris Is Already Being Called a Prostitute," 29 Jan. 2019 Learning how to notice these signs is key in preventing an outburst or regrettable behavior. Colleen Stinchcombe, Woman's Day, "How to Deal With Anger in a Healthy Way," 18 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of regrettable

1603, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of regrettable was in 1603

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English Language Learners Definition of regrettable

: causing sadness or disappointment


re·​gret·​ta·​ble | \ ri-ˈgre-tə-bəl How to pronounce regrettable (audio) \

Kids Definition of regrettable

: causing sorrow or disappointment a regrettable mistake

Other Words from regrettable

regrettably \ -​blē \ adverb

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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