re·​gret·​ta·​bly ri-ˈgre-tə-blē How to pronounce regrettably (audio)
: to a regrettable extent
a regrettably steep decline in wages
: it is to be regretted
regrettably, they could not attend

Examples of regrettably in a Sentence

The progress of the work was regrettably slow.
Recent Examples on the Web Its title may be a mouthful, but the more accurate handle Apocalypse Now was, regrettably, already spoken for. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 26 Mar. 2024 There’s a method to flavor introductions, and, regrettably, retirements. Morgan Haefner, Quartz, 22 Mar. 2024 As with 2019’s Little Women, Gerwig regrettably missed out on a directing nod again (not to mention lead actress Margot Robbie’s snub), though she and partner Noah Baumbach were recognized in the Best Adapted Screenplay category (which is a controversy in its own right). Declan Gallagher,, 24 Jan. 2024 Well, there is sometimes, regrettably, a deep divide between politics and substance. Lulu Garcia-Navarro, New York Times, 2 Feb. 2024 Health challenges, too, can regrettably push some members toward the exit ramp. Geoffrey Skelley, ABC News, 20 Dec. 2023 Her husband, Miles, regrettably, did not follow suit and wore a denim jacket instead. Kathleen Walsh, Glamour, 14 Dec. 2023 Through it all, Napoleon’s military genius is so peerless and unquestioned that Scott, regrettably, doesn’t feel compelled to unpack it. Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times, 22 Nov. 2023 But Cities: Skylines 2 (C:S2) is regrettably available now in its current state. Kevin Purdy, Ars Technica, 19 Nov. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1866, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of regrettably was in 1866

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Cite this Entry

“Regrettably.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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re·​gret·​ta·​bly ri-ˈgret-ə-blē How to pronounce regrettably (audio)
: to an extent deserving regret
a regrettably big decline in wages
: it is regrettable : unfortunately
regrettably, I could not agree

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