noun [ U ] uk /ˈpen.ɪ.təns/ us /ˈpen.ə.təns/
He expressed penitence for what he had done.
adverb uk /ˈpen.ɪ.tənt.li/ us /ˈpen.ə.tənt.li/
(Definition of “penitent” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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