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, though inevitably, Mushu is a no-show. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Mulan’ Review: Woman Warrior Redux," 3 Sep. 2020 The porcupine updo that everybody wore back in the day, except this one, regrettably, did not come with butterfly clips. Jihan Forbes, Allure, "Bella Hadid’s MTV VMAs Porcupine Hairstyle Is So '90s It Hurts," 31 Aug. 2020 But most regrettably, the Maryland native won’t, as planned, get to nod to his muse. Hallie Miller,, "What’s next for ‘Drunk History’ creator Derek Waters? Probably a trip back home to Baltimore.," 28 Aug. 2020 Even more recently, many small businesses across this country have regrettably been damaged by looting and vandalism that coincided with demonstrations against the tragic killing of George Floyd. Fortune, "Banks and investors aren’t helping small businesses enough. Funds like these could fill the gap," 2 July 2020 The normal conditions that justify liberty of movement and travel ... are regrettably not present when each of us (with no conscious choice on our parts) is potentially highly lethal to people around us. Henry Gass, The Christian Science Monitor, "How long can Americans live in a state of emergency?," 29 May 2020 There is no irony in Greenwell’s writing, and—for me, regrettably—no comic touch. Sigrid Nunez, The New York Review of Books, "Sex and Sincerity," 27 May 2020 For some observers, this backlash serves regrettably to confirm the dangers of incremental reform. Nick Pinto, The New Republic, "Criminal justice reformers are rethinking the crusade against cash bail.," 6 Apr. 2020 At that stage, which is where most countries that ignored the early warning signs, including America, regrettably are, there are two options: Mitigation or suppression. Shikha Dalmia, TheWeek, "America's national priority should be a home coronavirus test," 6 Apr. 2020

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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 30 Sep. 2020.

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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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