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

Example Sentences

The progress of the work was regrettably slow.
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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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“Regrettably.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

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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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