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.
Recent Examples on the Web Players will be allowed to frequent local establishments, however, raising the possibility of dubious behavior and regrettable public interaction. Bruce Jenkins,, "Nice job, NBA, but there’s a world of doubt," 4 June 2020 The regrettable reason for this is that there will be no V-8–powered AMG E63 version of either the coupe or the cabriolet. Jens Meiners, Car and Driver, "2021 Mercedes E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet Benefit from Styling Update," 26 May 2020 In his third start Allen, who threw a slap-the-forehead regrettable interception late in the first half, reminded us why he had never been given an opportunity to start in the NFL until age 27. Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, "Kiszla: I scream, you scream, we all scream for Broncos to start Drew Lock, a move that will get rookie QB creamed," 24 Nov. 2019 Like tank tops and regrettable footwear, grilling just seems to happen the instant warm weather appears. Popular Science, "Four electric grills that bring the barbecue inside," 10 Apr. 2020 Intimate Ties is one of those regrettable publications that hurts the reputations of everyone connected with it: Musil’s own, the translator’s, and even the luckless publisher, Archipelago. Michael Hofmann, The New York Review of Books, "Musil’s Infinities," 10 Mar. 2020 Throw Valentine's Day into the mix and cue a spate of mirror selfies, raised eyebrow emojis, and (probably) a few regrettable impulse purchases. Talia Abbas, Glamour, "6 Celebrity-Approved Date Night Outfit Ideas for Valentine's Day," 30 Jan. 2020 The Heat had made financial commitments to Waiters and James Johnson because of their contributions to the franchise after LeBron James departed, but those deals have been regrettable., "76ers’ victory over the Celtics on Thursday," 15 Dec. 2019 Tom Johnson, who was the president of CNN at the time of the bombing, said the news media’s handling of the story was regrettable. Marc Tracy, New York Times, "Clint Eastwood’s ‘Richard Jewell’ Is at the Center of a Media Storm," 12 Dec. 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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18 Jun 2020

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“Regrettable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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How to pronounce regrettable (audio)

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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