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 Last night’s regrettable Reds L was a big, fat reminder that recent results aside, this isn’t quite a team to be feared or a bullpen to be trusted. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 8 July 2021 The most regrettable exploitation occurs when an athlete plays her or his sport for the full extent of their eligibility and then leaves the institution without a college degree. John I. Jenkins, Star Tribune, 2 July 2021 But among top Spotify leadership, people familiar with the company say, the notion that Mr. Rogan presents any kind of regrettable executive headache is laughable. New York Times, 1 July 2021 Plus there’s a great bagel shop nearby — Daniel’s, on Third Avenue — where Nixon can indulge her regrettable cinnamon-raisin-and-lox order. Kim Velsey, Curbed, 25 June 2021 One of the most regrettable nicknames in sports was self-anointed in the spring of 2018, during an interview session in which Paul George was asked about his confidence in a particular postseason matchup. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, 17 June 2021 Whatever its causes, the partisan gap in vaccination rates is one more step in the regrettable trend toward politicizing every aspect of our lives. William A. Galston, WSJ, 8 June 2021 Trump was acquitted by the Senate, and his lawyers insisted that the attack on the Capitol was both regrettable and unforeseeable. Joaquin Sapien, ProPublica, 28 June 2021 To etiquette experts – and safety experts – that's regrettable. USA Today, 18 June 2021

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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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13 Jul 2021

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“Regrettable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2021.

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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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