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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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 The one truly regrettable move is Norris, who was suspended last year for a domestic violence assault and has seemed quite far from contrite about it., "Twins, Indians Headline Quiet Offseason in the Rebuilding AL Central," 8 Mar. 2018 Take a look at some of Brit's best and, unfortunately, most regrettable looks of the past twelve months. Jessica Booth, Redbook, "See Britney Spears' Hottest and Most Cringeworthy Looks of 2018," 20 Nov. 2018 The Bob Woodward book is regrettable and finally less than convincing for not naming sources. Joseph Epstein, WSJ, "The Curious Parallels Between Trump and Kaiser Wilhelm II," 22 Oct. 2018 Perhaps the regrettable rush to judgment is best explained by self-preservation instincts. Kaitlin Lange, Indianapolis Star, "Attorney General Curtis Hill: Full transcript of his response to groping allegations," 9 July 2018 Far more regrettable for the Yankees was Aaron Judge’s being thrown out stealing as Aaron Hicks struck out to end the eighth inning. New York Times, "Yankees, With No Lead to Protect Against the Indians, Get to Rest Aroldis Chapman," 13 July 2018 Most of us can relate to having regrettable brows in our past, but despite her brow history, Royale emerged triumphant is here to teach you how to solve all that and more. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "Drag Race's Latrice Royale Talks About Coming Out During Her Magical Makeup Transformation," 16 Aug. 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of regrettable

: causing sorrow or disappointment a regrettable mistake

Other Words from regrettable

regrettably \ -​blē \ adverb

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