(Roget's IV) modif.
Syn. unfortunate, deplorable, lamentable, pitiful; see unfavorable 2 .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) a.
lamentable, unfortunate, shameful, grievous, deplorable.
(Roget's Thesaurus II) adjective Causing sorrow or regret: deplorable, doleful, dolorous, grievous, lamentable, mournful, rueful, sad, sorrowful, woeful. See HAPPY.

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  • regrettable — [ r(ə)gretabl ] adj. • regretable 1478; de regretter 1 ♦ Vx Digne d être regretté (I). Une personne « peu regrettable » (Hugo). 2 ♦ (1870) Mod. Qui est à regretter (II, 2o). ⇒ fâcheux. REM. Regrettable est un euphémisme pour exprimer le… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

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  • regrettable — I adjective adverse, calamitous, catastrophic, deplorable, dire, disadvantageous, disastrous, dreadful, grievous, ill boding, ill fated, ill omened, inauspicious, inopportune, lamentable, paenitendus, regretted, ruinous, sad, scandalous, terrible …   Law dictionary

  • regrettable — c.1600, “deserving of regret,” from REGRET (Cf. regret) + ABLE (Cf. able). Related: Regrettably …   Etymology dictionary

  • regrettable — [adj] unfortunate, wrong afflictive, calamitous, deplorable, dire, disappointing, distressing, dreadful, grievous, heartbreaking, ill advised, lamentable, pitiable, pitiful, sad, shameful, unfavorable, unhappy, woeful; concepts 548,571 Ant.… …   New thesaurus

  • regrettable — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ giving rise to regret; undesirable. DERIVATIVES regrettably adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • regrettable — [ri gret′ə bəl] adj. to be regretted; unfortunate regrettably adv …   English World dictionary

  • REGRETTABLE — adj. des deux genres Qui mérite d être regretté. Une personne regrettable, très regrettable. Un bien regrettable, peu regrettable …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 7eme edition (1835)

  • REGRETTABLE — adj. des deux genres Qui mérite d’être regretté. Avantage regrettable. Un emploi peu regrettable. Il ne se dit guère que des Choses. Il signifie aussi Qui appelle des regrets, qui est fâcheux. Un incident regrettable. Un discours regrettable …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 8eme edition (1935)

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