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.
Recent Examples on the Web And, regrettably, Tobe’s report has gone practically unnoticed in the local media, with, to the best of my knowledge, coverage only at the local CBS affiliate. Elizabeth Bauer, Forbes, 6 Sep. 2021 The wedding dress has been picked and venues have been paid for, but their plans to take their vows before family and friends have been regrettably put on hold. Essence, 3 Sep. 2021 Here, Jones is a trusting people-pleaser, easily manipulated by D.C. power players and her boorish husband (Taran Killam, regrettably outmatched), and too naïve to realize she's being used. Kristen Baldwin,, 31 Aug. 2021 In the current climate, regrettably, a union leader who doesn’t dither about the need for vaccine mandates in the workplace is showing real gumption. Jason Linkins, The New Republic, 7 Aug. 2021 My first and regrettably only encounter with her was on the Middleburg shuttle — an appropriate setting, given that in later years she was known for taking the bus to screenings at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Washington Post, 6 Aug. 2021 The players hone their discipline now so they won’t be baited into reacting regrettably. Mike Bass, The Enquirer, 30 July 2021 This is regrettably not a top-of-mind consideration for many AI developers. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 16 June 2021 Jody Boogaard, Len’s wife and Derek’s stepmother, said that the Boogaards were among those who regrettably pushed their children into the violent aspects of hockey, not fully aware of the long-term ramifications. New York Times, 7 May 2021

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First Known Use of regrettably

1866, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Regrettably.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Sep. 2021.

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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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