- containing an An apologetic letter to his creditors explained the delay. or excuse for a fault, failure, insult, injury, etc.:
- defending by speech or writing.
- willing or eager to .
- sorry; regretful.
- expressing or anxious to make apology; contrite
- protecting or defending in speech or writing
1640s, “vindicatory,” from French apologétique, from Latin apologeticus, from Greek apologetikos “defensible,” from apologeisthai (see ). Meaning “regretfully acknowledging failure” is from 1855. As a noun, “formal defense,” from early 15c. Related: Apologetics (c.1753).