from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Offering or expressing an apology or excuse: an apologetic note; an apologetic smile.
- adj. Self-deprecating; humble: an apologetic manner.
- adj. Serving as or containing a formal justification or defense: an apologetic treatise on church doctrine.
- n. A formal defense or apology.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Having the character of apology; regretfully excusing
- adj. Defending by words or arguments; said or written in defense.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Defending by words or arguments; said or written in defense, or by way of apology; regretfully excusing.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of, pertaining to, or containing a defense; defending by words or arguments; said or written in defense: as, an apologetic essay.
- 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. An apology; a defense.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. offering or expressing apology
Middle English, formal defense, from Latin apologēticus, from Greek apologētikos, suitable for defense, from apologeisthai, to defend oneself verbally, from apologos, apology, story; see apologue.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French apologétique, from Ancient Greek ἀπολογητικός (apologētikos, "of or suitable for defense"), from ἀπολογέσθαι (apologesthai, "to speak in defense of"). (Wiktionary)