re·​morse·​ful | \ ri-ˈmȯrs-fəl How to pronounce remorseful (audio) \

Definition of remorseful

: motivated or marked by remorse

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remorsefully \ ri-​ˈmȯrs-​fə-​lē How to pronounce remorseful (audio) \ adverb
remorsefulness noun

Examples of remorseful in a Sentence

was remorseful about all the trouble that he had caused in the family
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First Known Use of remorseful

1592, in the meaning defined above

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23 May 2022

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“Remorseful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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