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apologetic

adjective  /əˌpɑl·əˈdʒet̬·ɪk/ us  
expressing regret about having caused someone inconvenience or unhappiness: He was apologetic for not returning my call.
apologetically
adverb  /əˌpɑl·əˈdʒet̬·ɪk·li/ us  
The waiter apologetically took the bone back to the kitchen and quickly brought Mr. Apple another.
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