Ruefully meaning

Ruefully is defined as something done in a manner that causes or shows sorrow, pity or regret.

If you are packing to move out of your apartment after a fight with your roommate but you regret the fight and the fact that you have to move, this is an example of a time when you might pack ruefully.

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In a rueful manner; causing, feeling, or expressing regret or sorrow.

He smiled ruefully at me.

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Origin of ruefully

  • rueful +‎ -ly

    From Wiktionary