Regrettable describes things that make you feel sorry. Letting your sister borrow your own snow shovel became a regrettable decision the moment the big storm started.

Actions and events are regrettable if they result in feelings of regret, or if they're unwelcome or undesirable. Wearing your least comfortable shoes on a walking tour of Paris will be a regrettable choice if blisters form on your toes. Remember, regrettable describes things like decisions, actions or words. Regretful is for describing people and feelings that express regret.

Definitions of regrettable
  1. adjective
    deserving regret
    regrettable remarks”
    “it's regrettable that she didn't go to college”
    synonyms: too bad
    not favored by fortune; marked or accompanied by or resulting in ill fortune
Commonly confused words

regrettably / regretfully

Regrettably is used when something’s a bummer, but it’s not necessarily your fault. Regretfully is when you’re full of regret, like if you decided to stay home and your friends saw your crush at the dance.

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