Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Offering or expressing an apology or excuse.
  • adjective Self-deprecating; humble.
  • adjective Serving as or containing a formal justification or defense.
  • noun A formal defense or apology.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • noun An apology; a defense.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Defending by words or arguments; said or written in defense, or by way of apology; regretfully excusing.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Having the character of apology; regretfully excusing
  • adjective dated Defending by words or arguments; said or written in defense.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective offering or expressing apology

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[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.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French apologétique, from Ancient Greek ἀπολογητικός (apologētikos, "of or suitable for defense"), from ἀπολογέσθαι (apologesthai, "to speak in defense of").

Examples

  • He got up, his expression apologetic, and fumbled for change in his pocket, throwing down much more than our two coffees cost.

    Dreaming in French

  • He got up, his expression apologetic, and fumbled for change in his pocket, throwing down much more than our two coffees cost.

    Dreaming in French

  • He got up, his expression apologetic, and fumbled for change in his pocket, throwing down much more than our two coffees cost.

    Dreaming in French

  • There's no reason for Pyongyang to be taking what I call apologetic position they're taking, agreeing to go back to the six-party talks, agreeing that there will be no more tests.

    CNN Transcript Oct 22, 2006

  • "I'm sick ... my stomach," he explained in apologetic tones to the passenger who sat next to him.

    CREATED HE THEM

  • As they went by, one of their leaders shouted out to me in apologetic explanation.

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  • They will learn apologetic methods on how to articulate and defend Christianity when talking to Muslims, but they will understand that the greatest apologetic is love and forgiveness.

    Equipping for Ministry to Muslims

  • As they went by, one of their leaders shouted out to me in apologetic explanation.

    The Scarlet Plague

  • "I'm sick ... my stomach," he explained in apologetic tones to the passenger who sat next to him.

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  • “He’s fairly serious,” he said, his expression apologetic.

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