regretfully vs regrettably :

regretfully or regrettably

Either word can be used as an adverb to introduce an expression ofregret, though conservatives prefer “regrettably” in sentences like“Regrettably, it rained on the 4th of July.” Within the body of asentence, however, “regretfully” may be used only to describe the mannerin which someone does something: “John had to regretfully decline hisbeloved’s invitation to go hang-gliding because he was terrified ofheights.” If no specified person in the sentence is doing theregretting, but the speaker is simply asserting “it is to be regretted,”the word is “regrettably”: “Their boss is regrettably stubborn.”

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Definitions

  • r  with regret (used in polite formulas)
    I must regretfully decline your kind invitation

  • r  by bad luck
News & Articles

  • Rutledge removes name as sponsor as school district dissolution bills pass House
    State Rep. David Rutledge, D-Superior Township, says he regretfully opposed House Bills 4813 and 4815, which deal with dissolving financially struggling school districts. Rutledge removed his name as a sponsor Thursday as both bills passed 58-49 in the House...
    June 14, 2013 - AnnArbor.com
  • And No More
    According to the retraction notice , the paper from first and corresponding author Elena López at Hospital Universitario 12 de Octubre in Madrid, Spain, "has been regretfully retracted by the Editors because of significant overlap with a figure and text from previously published articles."
    June 11, 2013 - GenomeWeb News
  • And No More
    According to the retraction notice , the paper from first and corresponding author Elena López at Hospital Universitario 12 de Octubre in Madrid, Spain, "has been regretfully retracted by the Editors because of significant overlap with a figure and text from previously published articles."
    June 11, 2013 - GenomeWeb News

  • EDITORIAL: Kingston report falls short on race issue
    The wording of a city of Kingston report to the federal government is regrettably inelegant on the matter of Latino-black relations.
    June 13, 2013 - Kingston Daily Freeman
  • Letter: I was there
    Bernard Carey, Naples: Regrettably, this case went unsolved at that time.
    June 11, 2013 - Naples Daily News
  • Letter: I was there
    Bernard Carey, Naples: Regrettably, this case went unsolved at that time.
    June 11, 2013 - Naples Daily News