apologetic Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"apologetic" in British English

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apologeticadjective

uk   /əˌpɒl.əˈdʒet.ɪk/  us   /-ˌpɑː.ləˈdʒet̬.ɪk/
C2 showing that you ​feelsorry about having ​caused someone ​problems or ​unhappiness: She was so apologetic aboutforgetting my ​birthday it was ​almostembarrassing. I ​hope he was ​suitably apologetic forbreakingyourglasses.
apologetically
adverb uk   us   /-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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apologeticadjective

 us   /əˌpɑl·əˈdʒet̬·ɪk/
expressingregret about having caused someone ​inconvenience or ​unhappiness: He was apologetic for not ​returning my ​call.
apologetically
adverb  us   /əˌpɑl·əˈdʒet̬·ɪk·li/
The ​waiter apologetically took the ​bone back to the ​kitchen and ​quicklybrought Mr. ​Apple another.
(Definition of apologetic from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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