AskDefine | Define regrettable

Dictionary Definition

regrettable adj : deserving regret; "regrettable remarks"; "it's regrettable that she didn't go to college"; "it's too bad he had no feeling himself for church" [syn: too bad]

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English

Etymology

regret + -able

Adjective

  1. Of an event, action, or state, allowing or deserving regret.
    His painting his name of my car was more than regrettable, it was criminal.
    It was regrettable that the teacher made the class retake the test when he was wrong about the answers.

Translations

of an event, action, or state, allowing or deserving regret

Extensive Definition

Regrettables is an economic term to describe goods or services that do not add to utility themselves, but rather abate disutility. Examples would be health care, law enforcement and the justice system.

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