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apologetic

[ uh-pol-uh-jet-ik ]
/ əˌpɒl əˈdʒɛt ɪk /
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adjective

containing an apology 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 apologize.

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Rarely a·pol·o·get·i·cal [uh-pol-uh-jet-i-kuhl] /əˌpɒl əˈdʒɛt ɪ kəl/ .

Origin of apologetic

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English apologetik “a formal defense,” from Middle French or directly from 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

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British Dictionary definitions for apologetic

apologetic
/ (əˌpɒləˈdʒɛtɪk) /

adjective

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

Derived forms of apologetic

apologetically, adverb
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