Meaning of “apologetic” in the English Dictionary

"apologetic" in British English

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uk /əˌpɒl.əˈdʒet.ɪk/ us /əˌpɑː.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.
adverb uk /əˌpɒl.əˈdʒet.ɪ.kəl.i/ us /əˌpɑː.ləˈdʒet̬.ɪ.kəl.i/

She smiled apologetically.

(Definition of “apologetic” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"apologetic" in American English

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us /əˌpɑl·əˈdʒet̬·ɪk/

expressing regret about having caused someone inconvenience or unhappiness:

He was apologetic for not returning my call.
adverb us /əˌpɑl·əˈdʒet̬·ɪk·li/

The waiter apologetically took the bone back to the kitchen and quickly brought Mr. Apple another.

(Definition of “apologetic” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)