Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Eliciting or deserving regret: a regrettable lack of funds; regrettable remarks.

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  • adj. Of an event, action, or state, allowing or deserving regret.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Admitting of or calling for regret.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. deserving regret

Etymologies

regret +‎ -able (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • We remain at a high level of alert, but sometimes it is possible that they slip through our defences as they did in Pune, Mumbai and Delhi, which I described as regrettable 'blots' on our record….

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  • Now, first, I have to say that I admire Lord Hoffman's style, and am glad that someone else is as sceptical as I am of what he calls a regrettable tendency, and what I call human rightsism.

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  • Top officials briefing the news media on what they call a regrettable mistake.

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  • Nanaimo Mayor John Ruttan was disappointed with Mr. Les's remarks, which he described as "regrettable."

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  • "Inappropriate and regrettable" is just the beginning, sir.

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  • There is thus nothing much surprising, even if there is something more than a little regrettable from the standpoint of principle, about the narrow-almost - (but-not-quite) - to-the-point-of-nothingness opinion today.

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  • Now this, while regrettable, is hardly surprising.

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  • "Although there exist differences in the judicial system (between the two countries), it is quite regrettable from the Japanese side," Kyodo news agency cited Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama as saying before the execution was announced.

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  • "Although there exist differences in the judicial system (between the two countries), it is quite regrettable from the Japanese side," Kyodo news agency quoted Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama as saying before the execution was announced.

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  • The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites SuperSport PCB backs tribunal's process - 38 mins ago Cricket: Pakistan cricket board says bans "regrettable" - 1 hr ago Breitbart.com Pakistan cricket board says bans "regrettable" - 2 hrs ago Pakistan cricket board says bans "regrettable" AFP - 2 hrs ago The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites.

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