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apologetic

a·pol·o·get·ic

apologetic

pronunciation:
pa l je tihk
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: expressing or wanting to express regret, as for an error or an offense.
When he realized the hurt he'd caused, he was apologetic.She sent him an apologetic letter.
synonyms:
contrite, regretful, sorry
similar words:
penitent, remorseful, rueful
definition 2: giving a formal explanation or defense, as of actions, beliefs, or motives.
synonyms:
self-defensive, self-justifying
similar words:
defending, vindicating
derivation: apologetically (adv.)
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