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.

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The short was crassly played vengeance, and regrettably the feature — though boasting a stellar cast — similarly stumbles in its favoring of shallow intensity over psychological depth or coherence. Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘Skin’ never gets deeper than its white supremacist protagonists’ tattoos," 25 July 2019 President Trump, under a secretary of education who regrettably is from this state, did away with those rules. NBC News, "Democratic debate transcript: July 30, 2019," 31 July 2019 The traditional New Year’s Eve game features the San Jose Sharks, regrettably not starting until 7:30 p.m. The All-Star break/bye week falls Jan. 23-30. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Check out Detroit Red Wings' 2019-20 schedule: Home opener Oct. 6 vs. Dallas," 22 June 2019 The Handmaid’s Tale was regrettably given the Kardashian-Jenner treatment this weekend after Kylie Jenner orchestrated a themed birthday party tied to the new season of the Hulu adaptation of the 1985 novel. Sangeeta Singh-kurtz, Quartzy, "Kylie Jenner just gave “The Handmaid’s Tale” an ill-conceived makeover," 10 June 2019 His budding political career (running for First Selectman of Portland leading a slate for the Portland Citizens Party) was regrettably cut short due to a filing technicality. Hartford Courant,, "John Francis Murphy," 29 Apr. 2018 The entire Game of Thrones cast, past and present (minus a few regrettably absent faves) assembled in New York City this evening for the show's eighth and final premiere. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Emilia Clarke Is Dressed Like A True Queen On The Game of Thrones Red Carpet," 3 Apr. 2019 The same basic principle applies to social media, which is, regrettably, still a great way to get your name out there. David Roberts, Vox, "My advice for aspiring explainer journalists," 9 Dec. 2018 Domino's official line on any reported inaccuracies has been, basically: That's what happens when, regrettably, humans have to be involved. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Domino's Pizza-Spotting App Is a Window Into a Future of Justified Paranoia," 20 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of regrettably

1866, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of regrettably was in 1866

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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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