Apologetic meaning

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Offering or expressing an apology or excuse.

An apologetic note; an apologetic smile.

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A formal defense, often written, of a belief, cause, etc.
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Having the character of apology; regretfully excusing.

His tone was apologetic as he explained what had happened.

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(dated) Defending by words or arguments; said or written in defense.
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Self-deprecating; humble.

An apologetic manner.

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Serving as or containing a formal justification or defense.

An apologetic treatise on church doctrine.

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A formal defense or apology.
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Defending in writing or speech; vindicating.
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Showing realization of and regret for a fault, wrong, etc.; making an apology.
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Origin of apologetic

  • Middle English formal defense from Latin apologēticus from Greek apologētikos suitable for defense from apologeisthai to defend oneself verbally from apologos apology, story apologue
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From French apologétique, from Ancient Greek ἀπολογητικός (apologētikos, “of or suitable for defense”), from ἀπολογέσθαι (apologesthai, “to speak in defense of”).
    From Wiktionary