Definition of ruefully adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

ruefully

 adverb
adverb
BrE BrE//ˈruːfəli//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈruːfəli//
 
 
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in a sad or sorry way He laughed ruefully. ‘So this is goodbye,’ she said ruefully. He ruefully admitted that he envied her.