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apologetic

adjective     /əˌpɒl.əˈdʒet.ɪk/ US  /-ˌpɑː.ləˈdʒet̬.ɪk/
C2 showing that you feel sorry about having caused someone problems or unhappiness: She was so apologetic about forgetting my birthday it was almost embarrassing. I hope he was suitably apologetic for breaking your glasses.Making and accepting apologies apologetically     /-ɪ.kəl.i/ adverb She smiled apologetically.Making and accepting apologies
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