regrettably

adverb re·gret·ta·bly \ -blē \

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

  1. The progress of the work was regrettably slow.

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First Known Use of regrettably

1866


REGRETTABLY Defined for English Language Learners

regrettably

adverb

Definition of regrettably for English Language Learners

  • —used to say that something is disappointing or regrettable

  • : to an extent that causes disappointment or regret


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