Definition of regretfully in English:
- (I hear that no one is turned away except, regretfully, one quite hefty character in a swirling kilt - but that's another story).
- But regretfully, we will not be catering to that audience because it's really a niche.
- In the end, regretfully, I chose none of them, preferring instead two books I read quite frequently, one for its astonishing use of language and the other for the haunting quietude of its tale.
The adjectives regretful and regrettable are distinct in meaning: regretful means ‘feeling or showing regret’, as in she shook her head with a regretful smile, while regrettable means ‘giving rise to regret; undesirable’, as in the loss of jobs is regrettable. The adverbs regretfully and regrettably have not, however, preserved the same distinction. Regretfully is used as a normal adverb to mean ‘in a regretful manner’ ( he sighed regretfully), but it is also used as a sentence adverb meaning ‘it is regrettable that’ ( regretfully, mounting costs forced the branch to close). In this latter use it is synonymous with regrettably. This is disliked by traditionalists and should be avoided in formal contexts.
- US English dictionary
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