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(of conduct or an event) giving rise to regret; undesirable; unwelcome:‘the loss of this number of jobs is regrettable’‘irresponsible and regrettable actions’
undesirable, unfortunate, unwelcome, sad, sorry, woeful, disappointing, distressing, too baddeplorable, lamentable, reprehensible, shameful, disgraceful, blameworthy, ill-advised, dreadful, terrible, awfulegregiousView synonyms
- ‘It is regrettable that it has become necessary to deploy policemen in schools, but it is needed as an emergency shock treatment.’
- ‘However, apart from that one rather regrettable episode he'd never found the attic room particularly unsettling.’
- ‘She said that it had been regrettable that this had occurred.’
- ‘He said the damaging of the trees was regrettable, but also exceptional.’
- ‘It was regrettable the association had chosen to adopt this approach.’
- ‘But it is regrettable that awareness is very low, especially among women and at the grassroots level.’
- ‘The harsh reality is that the two big banks see the customer as an inconvenience and workers as a regrettable cost that has to be tolerated.’
- ‘He said that the violence ‘was regrettable,’ but that security staff must use force to do their jobs.’
- ‘The events that led to this claim and counterclaim are indeed regrettable.’
- ‘She said it was regrettable that a policeman, who had taken an oath, had come before the court and deliberately misled the court.’
- ‘I find this to be a regrettable stance, in the main because of the breadth of messages contained in it.’
- ‘He's not exactly acting very honorably in that role or as a man, and I think it's deeply regrettable.’
- ‘It is regrettable that some biotech companies have already left Europe.’
- ‘It may be that the decision to interfere with such an editorial decision will have perverse and regrettable consequences.’
- ‘The judge said it was regrettable the family had to take legal action and live under the cloud of litigation for the last few years.’
- ‘Business, with a regrettable few exceptions, is booming in a town known the world over because of its famous Rock.’
- ‘It was regrettable that the workers felt that they had been put into a corner where they had to ballot for industrial action.’
- ‘An ageing spinster behind a bar would far rather discuss the finer points of her son's regrettable taste in women than serve you a beer in under half an hour.’
- ‘Firstly it must be said that all of these incidents are regrettable and that this newspaper in no way condemns the breaking of the law on drugs.’
- ‘It is therefore regrettable that you chose to print the article in its current form and under a misleading heading on the front page of your paper.’
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