regrettable

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

Definition of regrettable

: deserving regret

Examples of regrettable in a Sentence

His decision to quit is regrettable. It was a regrettable mistake.
Recent Examples on the Web This was the natural, if regrettable, outcome of the energy policies championed by Chancellor Angela Merkel and her predecessor Gerhard Schröder. Philip Plickert, National Review, 31 Mar. 2022 The United States, of course, also frequently kills civilians in war, in drone and other airstrikes whose toll the United States treats as a regrettable but acceptable cost. Max Fisher, BostonGlobe.com, 18 Mar. 2022 The United States, of course, also frequently kills civilians in war, in drone and other airstrikes whose toll the U.S. treats as a regrettable but acceptable cost. New York Times, 18 Mar. 2022 Surely fathering a baby at such a young age might have been a factor in some of his regrettable subsequent choices. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, 5 Apr. 2022 Surely fathering a baby at such a young age might have been a factor in some of his regrettable subsequent choices. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, 5 Apr. 2022 Surely fathering a baby at such a young age might have been a factor in some of his regrettable subsequent choices. Washington Post, 5 Apr. 2022 The former Fifth Harmony star continued to deal with the regrettable moment later in the day as clips and screengrabs of the incident were immortalized online in the aftermath of the naked gaffe. Nardine Saad, Los Angeles Times, 8 Mar. 2022 The most fundamental lesson from that regrettable era is that inflation control and financial stability are not policy alternatives to stimulating employment but policy prerequisites. Douglas Carr, National Review, 7 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of regrettable

1603, in the meaning defined above

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6 Aug 2022

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“Regrettable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/regrettable. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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regrettable

adjective
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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