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
Then she gave me an apologetic smile and patted my arm.
The following morning there was an apologetic response from him waiting in my
  mail queue.
Finally, with a shake of his head and an apologetic smile, he reached around
  her waist and yanked at her clothes himself.
It is probably some sort of apologetic and politically correct solemn nonsense
  which will leave us all none the wiser.
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