/euh pol'euh jet"ik/, adj.
1. containing an apology or excuse for a fault, failure, insult, injury, etc.: An apologetic letter to his creditors explained the delay.
2. defending by speech or writing.
3. willing or eager to apologize.
4. sorry; regretful.
Also, apologetical.
[1400-50; late ME apologetik a formal defense ( < MF) < LL apologeticus written defense, defensive < Gk apologetikós fit for defense, equiv. to apologe- (var. s. of apologeîsthai to speak in defense; see APOLOGIA) + -tikos -TIC]

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