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