apologetic /əpɒləˈdʒɛtɪk/


I. adjective

1. expressing or showing regretful acknowledgement of an offence or failure

she was very apologetic about the whole incident
an apologetic smile.
2. constituting a formal defence or justification of a theory or doctrine.

the apologetic proposition that production for profit is the same thing as production for need.
– origin late Middle English (as a noun denoting a formal justification): from French apologétique or late Latin apologeticus, from Greek apologētikos, from apologeisthei ‘speak in one’s own defence’, from apologia (see apology). The current sense dates from the mid 19th cent.

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