apologetic + -ally
apologetically (comparative more apologetically, superlative most apologetically)
- In an apologetic manner; by way of defense, apology or excuse.
1905, Baroness Emmuska Orczy, chapter 1, in The Case of Miss Elliott:
- “Do I fidget you ?” he asked apologetically, whilst his long bony fingers buried themselves, string, knots, and all, into the capacious pockets of his magnificent tweed ulster.
- “apologetically”, in The Century Dictionary, New York: The Century Co., 1911