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apologeticadjective

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.
apologetically
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)

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apologeticadjective

 us   /əˌpɑl·əˈdʒet̬·ɪk/
expressing regret 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 quickly brought Mr. Apple another.
(Definition of apologetic from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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