Etymology
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apologetic (adj.)

1640s, "vindicatory, containing a defense," from French apologétique, from Latin apologeticus, from Greek apologetikos "defensible," from apologeisthai "speak in one's defense," from apologos "an account, story," from apo "away from, off" (see apo-) + logos "speech," from PIE root *leg- (1) "to collect, gather," with derivatives meaning "to speak (to 'pick out words')." Meaning "regretfully acknowledging failure" is by 1836 (apologetic for himself).

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Definitions of apologetic

apologetic (adj.)
offering or expressing apology;
an apologetic note
an apologetic manner
Synonyms: excusatory
From wordnet.princeton.edu