Definitions

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

  • adj. Full of regret; sorrowful or sorry.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Full of feelings of regret, indulging in regrets.
  • adj. Sorrowful about what has been lost or done.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Full of regret; indulging in regrets; repining.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Full of regret; sorrowful.

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

  • adj. feeling or expressing regret or sorrow or a sense of loss over something done or undone

Etymologies

regret +‎ -ful (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It is the winds of God that dries my vain regretful tears,

    May 2004

  • He called these manipulators "regretful" but never clearly indicated who they were.

    Shirin Sadeghi: Still-President Mubarak's Second Round of Threats

  • In Iran, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hassan Qashqavi called it "regretful" that all sides were hard-line in their campaigns.

    Fascist Rule in Israel

  • _Wonderful Woman_ is perhaps less a novel than an analysis -- painfully close, with a kind of regretful brutality in it -- of one special type of femininity, and a glance at several others.

    Punch or the London Charivari, Vol. 147, October 7, 1914

  • She talked of it sort of sad, kind of regretful, as if she was sorry, but felt that it had to be.

    The Man with Two Left Feet And Other Stories

  • And then, how Constance would have smiled over Beatrice's ideals -- her "fluffy" evenings -- in a kind of regretful, wondering way; almost as she had smiled when she first called me "Dick," in asking what had become of our staid English reserve; as she watched the noisy crowd in Fleet Street, singing its silly doggerel about England's security and England's "dibs."

    The Message

  • Anyone placing sanctions on Iran would be "regretful", President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Tuesday.

    BBC - Ouch

  • Speaking on the drills 'fourth day, Guards commander Massoud Jazayeri said Iran had a deterrence plan which would make the enemy "regretful" if they launched any attack against the country, the official IRNA news agency reported.

    Latest News - Yahoo!7 News

  • The breach was "regretful," according to an internal memo by JPMorgan Securities Chief

    Bloomberg

  • While Schlessinger told King on Tuesday that she was still "regretful" over the incident, she said she feels her freedom of speech rights "have been usurped by angry, hateful groups who don't want to debate -- they want to eliminate."

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