Definitions

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

  • adv. To an extent deserving of regret: a regrettably brief career.
  • adv. As a matter of regret: Regrettably, the book is not available.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. In a manner inspiring or deserving regret.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • With regret; regretfully.

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

  • adv. by bad luck

Etymologies

regrettable +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The image on this modern card was first published around 1930; the artist, regrettably, is unknown.

    Girls Go Postal! | Map of Mexico, Circa 1930

  • Juan Williams expressed a deeply troubling, yet, sincere fear of Muslims that regrettably is all too pervasive throughout American society.

    Brian Levin, J.D.: Juan Williams, and the Case for Uncomfortable Dialogue

  • We need to ignore his rantings and concentrate on the human side of the news, which, regrettably, is not available on FOX!

    Think Progress » O’Reilly Claims He Is Personally Responsible For Lower Gas Prices

  • His has been the kind of personal and political courage which, regrettably, is all too often missing in other conflict-ridden regions.

    The Nobel Peace Prize 2000 - Presentation Speech

  • But, regrettably, that is not the message that came through.

    Vietnam: An Exchange

  • This almost offhand comment - I always find that subtitles regrettably overemphasise such quiet asides - nevertheless strikes a note of dread, indicating the start of a bleakly existential policier centred around Inspector Erlendur played, in a marvellous performance of unwavering equability, by Ingvar Eggert Sigurdsson.

    Film | guardian.co.uk

  • For some years the suspicion had been growing up in Mr. Britling's mind that in planting this persuasion in his being, the mysterious processes of Nature had been, perhaps for some purely biological purpose, pulling, as people say, his leg, that there were not these perfect responses, that loving a woman is a thing one does thoroughly once for all -- or so -- and afterwards recalls regrettably in a series of vain repetitions, and that the career of the

    Mr. Britling Sees It Through

  • He said the Democrats "regrettably" could not pass a budget with a target for deficit reduction.

    Are Democrats painting themselves as the lesser of the evils?

  • Yesterday, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said food relief hasn't yet reached the region because "regrettably" the junta won't talk to him.

    Kick Burma Out of the U.N.

  • Information Minister Jonathan Moyo, in statement published in the state-controlled press, said "regrettably" the police not only had acted outside state policy "but also demolished and burned down costly structures and materials" worth over 100,000 U.S. dollars.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

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