Pronunciation: (u-pol"u-jet'ik), [key]
1. containing an apology or excuse for a fault, failure, insult, injury, etc.: An apologetic letter to his creditors explained the delay.
2. defending by speech or writing.
3. willing or eager to apologize.
4. sorry; regretful. Also,a•pol"o•get'i•cal.
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