apologetic

[uh-pol-uh-jet-ik]
adjective
1.
containing an apology or excuse for a fault, failure, insult, injury, etc.: An apologetic letter to his creditors explained the delay.
2.
defending by speech or writing.
3.
willing or eager to apologize.
4.
sorry; regretful.
Also, apologetical.


Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English apologetik a formal defense (< Middle French) < Late Latin apologēticus written defense, defensive < Greek apologētikós fit for defense, equivalent to apologē- (variant stem of apologeîsthai to speak in defense; see apologia) + -tikos -tic

apologetically, adverb
nonapologetic, adjective
nonapologetical, adjective
nonapologetically, adverb
pseudoapologetic, adjective
pseudoapologetically, adverb
quasi-apologetic, adjective
quasi-apologetically, adverb
unapologetic, adjective
unapologetically, adverb
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apologetic (əˌpɒləˈdʒɛtɪk)
 
adj
1.  expressing or anxious to make apology; contrite
2.  protecting or defending in speech or writing
 
apolo'getically
 
adv

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apologetic
1640s, "vindicatory," from Fr. apologétique, from L. apologeticus, from Gk. apologetikos "defensible," from apologeisthai (see apology). Meaning "regrefully acknowledging failure" is from 1855. Related: Apologetics (c.1753).
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Example sentences
We solicitously and apologetically caress and celebrate him because he held on
  his way and scorned our disapprobation.
The official then pointed to his badge and the junior officer bowed
  apologetically.
She would apologetically explain that he was too tired to receive many visitors.
The social services on minimum standards for all citizens crept apologetically
  into existence.
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