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apologetic

[uh-pol-uh-jet-ik] /əˌpɒl əˈdʒɛt ɪk/
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
late Middle English
1400-1450
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
Related forms
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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Examples from the web for apologetic
  • 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.
  • He politely shook his head, offering an apologetic smile.
  • It took a minute for anyone to speak up, and even then, the queries were polite to the point of apologetic.
  • It is not uncommon even for those who make the discoveries to be apologetic about it.
  • Even those who study temperament can be defensive or vaguely apologetic about their findings.
  • He is almost apologetic about his boats and jet plane, although he clearly enjoys both.
  • While in prison, he wrote apologetic letters to his daughters.
British Dictionary definitions for apologetic

apologetic

/əˌpɒləˈdʒɛtɪk/
adjective
1.
expressing or anxious to make apology; contrite
2.
protecting or defending in speech or writing
Derived Forms
apologetically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for apologetic
adj.

1640s, "vindicatory," from French apologétique, from Latin apologeticus, from Greek apologetikos "defensible," from apologeisthai (see apology). Meaning "regretfully acknowledging failure" is from 1855. As a noun, "formal defense," from early 15c. Related: Apologetics (c.1753).

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