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apologetic

adjective uk   /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.
apologetically
adverb uk   /-ɪ.kəl.i/ us  
She smiled apologetically.
(Definition of apologetic from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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