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containing an or excuse for a fault, failure, insult, injury, etc.:
An apologetic letter to his creditors explained the delay.
defending by speech or writing.
willing or eager to .
sorry; regretful.
Contemporary Examples

“We lead a life of glimpses & glances,” Emerson apologetically wrote of their time in his house.
Why Do Women Love Bad Men? A New Life of Margaret Fuller Susan Cheever March 21, 2013

It was, he said apologetically, one of 22 evictions he had to carry out that day.
Hidden Victims of Eviction Sasha Abramsky February 8, 2010

Historical Examples

“No, of course not; I beg your pardon,” he says apologetically.
The Haunted Chamber “The Duchess”

“I was afraid you might not come willingly,” Porter said apologetically.
By Proxy Gordon Randall Garrett

“I have used up your whole afternoon,” he said, apologetically.
The Honorable Peter Stirling and What People Thought of Him Paul Leicester Ford

“But such a sweet one,” suggested Josephine, apologetically.
White Lies Charles Reade

“Ha—hum—ha—I am afraid I have brought you rather a rough specimen,” he said apologetically.
Pixie O’Shaughnessy Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey

“Thought you were alluding to my name, sir,” said Dick, apologetically.
The Queen’s Scarlet George Manville Fenn

“You weren’t really expelled, dear,” Mrs. Banks said apologetically.
Polly’s Senior Year at Boarding School Dorothy Whitehill

“I should say a sort of foreigner, sir,” apologetically replied the butler.
The Island Pharisees John Galsworthy

expressing or anxious to make apology; contrite
protecting or defending in speech or writing

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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