preapology

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

pre- +‎ apology

Noun[edit]

preapology (plural preapologies)

  1. An apology in advance; an apology before the fact.
    • 1916, D. Emery, The Seventh Regiment Gazette, Volume 31, p. 141:
      However, I am informed that Gazette readers were greeted with a somewhat similar pre-apology by Justice when he first put pen to paper in the capacity of what he calls scribe, …

Usage notes[edit]

Significantly more popular since circa 2000; only occasional, irregular use prior to then.

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