re·gret·ta·ble | \ ri-ˈgre-tə-bəl \

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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Was her uncertain grasp of English perhaps responsible for this regrettable fashion choice? Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "Trump’s Tough Dilemma, and Melania’s Big Moment," 24 June 2018 However, the attitude and stance the United States showed in the first high-level meeting (between the countries) was no doubt regrettable. Brooke Singman, Fox News, "Trump suggests China meddling in North Korea talks amid trade tensions with US," 10 July 2018 All those blowouts seem a regrettable youthful excess, like cigarettes. Jessica Berger Gross, Longreads, "Gone Gray," 10 July 2018 In a statement issued at 1:30 a.m. local time, Moon called the cancellation regrettable and called for more dialogue. Matt Stiles,, "Trump pulls out of planned nuclear summit, says he will be 'waiting' if North Korea changes its approach," 24 May 2018 Similarly, Dorothy Carnegie’s 1957 book with the slightly regrettable title, How to Help Your Husband Get Ahead, has useful advice. Melissa Locker, Southern Living, "WATCH: Some 1950s Marriage Advice Is Still Really Valuable Today," 14 June 2018 Yass holds a rodeo and agricultural show every March and an arts-and-crafts festival every November, but neither event crowns a Yass Queen, which is truly regrettable. Ken Jennings, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Fab Five from 'Queer Eye' Have Taken Over Yass, Australia," 6 June 2018 Covington had a regrettable performance, scoring one point. Keith Pompey,, "Sixers fall in 0-3 playoff hole after losing to Celtics 101-98 in overtime," 5 May 2018 There’s no warning not to try this at home — which is regrettable, given how many viewers the movie seems poised to captivate with Mr. Goldsworthy’s worldview. Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times, "Review: In ‘Leaning Into the Wind — Andy Goldsworthy,’ an Artist Grapples (Again) With Time," 8 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of regrettable

1603, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of regrettable

: causing sadness or disappointment


re·gret·ta·ble | \ ri-ˈgre-tə-bəl \

Kids Definition of regrettable

: causing sorrow or disappointment a regrettable mistake

Other words from regrettable

regrettably \-blē \ adverb

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