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adjective uk   /ləˈmen.tə.bl̩/ /ˈlæm.ən-/ us    /-t̬ə-/ formal
deserving severe criticism; very bad: the lamentable state of the economy
adverb uk   /-bli/ us  
The government, says the report, have carried out lamentably few of their promises.
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