adjective /əˈpɑlə.ʤɛtɪk,əˌpɒləˈdʒɛtɪk/
a) Having the character of apology; regretfully excusing

His tone was apologetic as he explained what had happened.

b) Defending by words or arguments; said or written in defense. <! some material copied from Websters Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

Very different was he, however, from the brusque and masterful professor of common sense who had taken over the case so confidently at Upper Norwood. His expression was downcast, and his bearing meek and even apologetic.

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