Definition of regrettable in US English:



  • (of conduct or an event) giving rise to regret; undesirable; unwelcome.

    ‘the loss of this number of jobs is regrettable’
    ‘irresponsible and regrettable actions’
    • ‘She said that it had been regrettable that this had occurred.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She said it was regrettable that a policeman, who had taken an oath, had come before the court and deliberately misled the court.’
    • ‘It may be that the decision to interfere with such an editorial decision will have perverse and regrettable consequences.’
    • ‘He said the damaging of the trees was regrettable, but also exceptional.’
    • ‘I find this to be a regrettable stance, in the main because of the breadth of messages contained in it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘However, apart from that one rather regrettable episode he'd never found the attic room particularly unsettling.’
    • ‘But it is regrettable that awareness is very low, especially among women and at the grassroots level.’
    • ‘It was regrettable the association had chosen to adopt this approach.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was regrettable that the workers felt that they had been put into a corner where they had to ballot for industrial action.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is regrettable that some biotech companies have already left Europe.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He's not exactly acting very honorably in that role or as a man, and I think it's deeply regrettable.’
    • ‘The events that led to this claim and counterclaim are indeed regrettable.’
    • ‘He said that the violence ‘was regrettable,’ but that security staff must use force to do their jobs.’
    • ‘It is regrettable that it has become necessary to deploy policemen in schools, but it is needed as an emergency shock treatment.’
    undesirable, unfortunate, unwelcome, sad, sorry, woeful, disappointing, distressing, too bad
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