re·​gret·​ta·​bly | \ ri-ˈgre-tə-blē How to pronounce regrettably (audio) \

Definition of regrettably

1 : to a regrettable extent a regrettably steep decline in wages
2 : it is to be regretted regrettably, they could not attend

Examples of regrettably in a Sentence

The progress of the work was regrettably slow.

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Domino's official line on any reported inaccuracies has been, basically: That's what happens when, regrettably, humans have to be involved. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Domino's Pizza-Spotting App Is a Window Into a Future of Justified Paranoia," 20 Feb. 2019 Lasting peace among nations has so far proved regrettably elusive. Barbara Jepson, WSJ, "Benjamin Britten’s ‘War Requiem’ Review: Mixing Sacred and Secular," 30 Nov. 2018 Russia, China and Iran decided to challenge the American power on which the economic order depended, and Mr. Obama’s response to that challenge was, regrettably, insufficient. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, "Geopolitics Trumps the Markets," 29 Oct. 2018 India, regrettably, does have quite a lot of lynchings. Recode Staff, Recode, "How India fits into the global economy: It may not be China, but at least it isn’t Russia," 4 Aug. 2018 Essentially, the male and female contestants will find love through a series of pageant segments, including a talent show, a romantic Q&A, and regrettably, a swimwear round. Meagan Fredette,, "This Show From The Bachelor’s Creators May Be The ScariestThing You Watch All Summer," 28 May 2018 On Wednesday, the Supreme Court, with a regrettably predictable 5-4 vote, upheld the third version of Trump’s travel ban, a dark day for America, which got even darker when Justice Kennedy announced his immanent retirement. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "President Obama Emerges With a Message For the Midterms," 1 July 2018 Colbert can challenge his guests when there’s a need; 2018’s Colbert is not the Colbert who regrettably treated then-candidate Donald Trump with kid gloves back in 2015, when his iteration of Late Show was just finding its sea legs. Laura Bradley, HWD, "Avenatti and Scaramucci Peddle Their Unholy Double Act on Late Show," 14 June 2018 Fox has enlisted only two, Scotland’s Derek Rae and England’s Warren Barton, leaving the rest to Americans — and, regrettably, only four of them will be on site. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, "The World Cup arrives, with its galaxy of stars," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of regrettably

1866, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of regrettably was in 1866

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English Language Learners Definition of regrettably

used to say that something is disappointing or regrettable
: to an extent that causes disappointment or regret

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