• WordNet 3.6
    • adj apologetic offering or expressing apology "an apologetic note","an apologetic manner"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Apologetic Defending by words or arguments; said or written in defense, or by way of apology; regretfully excusing; as, an apologetic essay. "To speak in a subdued and apologetic tone."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • apologetic Of, pertaining to, or containing a defense; defending by words or arguments; said or written in defense: as, an apologetic essay.
    • apologetic Making apology or excuse; manifesting regret for or excusing some fault, failure, deficiency, imperfection, etc., in one's own conduct or that of another: as, an apologetic reply; an apologetic manner.
    • n apologetic An apology; a defense.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Apologetic a-pol-oj-et′ik excusing: regretfully acknowledging: said or written in defence
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. , fr. to speak in defense of; from + speech, to say, to speak. See Logic


In literature:

A hesitating, apologetic manner seems to be the national custom for an exordium on all questions.
"Eighty Years And More; Reminiscences 1815-1897" by Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Then he rose, apologetic as ever, wished me good-night, and left the house.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol IX." by Edited by Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton
Swift apologetically raised his left hand and gazed steadfastly into the cold, impartial eyes of his Captain.
"The Gringos" by B. M. Bower
Frowenfeld smiled amusedly and apologetically at the same moment.
"The Grandissimes" by George Washington Cable
APOLOGETICS, a defence of the historical verity of the Christian religion in opposition to the rationalist and mythical theories.
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
Half apologetically he held out his hand to his companion.
"The Courage of Captain Plum" by James Oliver Curwood
Broderick looked up with nervous and apologetic haste, "Yes, yes, quite ready," he replied.
"Port O' Gold" by Louis John Stellman
He ventured apologetically into the lift.
"The Regent" by E. Arnold Bennett
He had the most wistful and apologetic air.
"The Roll-Call" by Arnold Bennett
At first she had been a little apologetic and diffident about her offspring.
"The Pretty Lady" by Arnold E. Bennett

In news:

His sheepish — but not necessarily apologetic — look when caught is pretty priceless.
Corker campaigns in Mideast, Turner not apologetic.
(AP) — An apologetic Buffalo Bills cornerback Leodis McKelvin acknowledges he was wrong and will not dispute a $75 fine for failing to follow a crew member's orders during a flight to Buffalo.
Jesse James ' alleged second mistress Melissa Smith sent an apologetic fax to Sandra Bullock 's agent's office Sunday, regarding her alleged affair with the Oscar-winner's hubby.
Melissa Smith's Apologetic Fax .
His mission in Cairo sends out an apologetic statement on an anti-Muhammad movie – a statement which the White House, itself, later rebukes.
Woods appeared somber, embarrassed and genuinely apologetic as he spoke to a room of about 40 hand-selected people.
Jacobs was apologetic after the game and claimed he was attempting to throw the helmet into the ground in disgust before it slipped and started flying toward fans.
Apologetics doesn't mean apologize for beliefs.
IN EFFECT UNTIL DEC 5, 9:00 a.m. Susan Zaks was polite, almost apologetic, asking if I would write a column on behalf of bereaved parents.
And that Libyan President Mohammed el-Megaref was deeply apologetic and reportedly is carrying out his promise to crack down on extremist groups.
The man is upset and apologetic ("I set the alarm," he tells his father).
It's becoming more and more obvious I suffer from SADD (Seasonal Apologetic Disaster Disorder).
The man has since been released, and police say the man was apologetic for scaring people.
An apologetic Buffalo Bills cornerback Leodis McKelvin acknowledges he was wrong and will not dispute a $75 fine for failing to follow a crew member's orders during a flight to Buffalo.

In science:

The very first numerical Lagrangean hydrodynamical computations of Cepheid variables were already apologetic about the poor resolution of the partial hydrogen ionization front during the pulsation.
Nonlinear Pulsations