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    Question unreserved apology

    Hello! Could someone illustrate what "unreserved apology" means? Is there any reserved apology? Thanks!

    He said: 'I would like to add my own personal and unreserved apology to Andrew Sachs, his family and to licence-fee payers for the completely unacceptable broadcast.
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    Re: unreserved apology

    Let me give you two examples:

    I'm very sorry that when I so thoughlessly chose my words, I hurt your feelings.

    It's regretable that you took my words in such a way that your feelings were hurt.

    Which ones seems to be the more full apology? Which one has no reservations?

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    Re: unreserved apology

    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    Hello! Could someone illustrate what "unreserved apology" means? Is there any reserved apoloy? Thanks!



    Source: the Daily Mail
    In an unrserved apology or unconditional apology, the offender apologizes with acceptance of the fault or crime and seeks pardon from the offended.
    While in conditional apology, there are conditions like if, but, therefore. The conditional apology is more a face saving exercise and may be forced due to certain circumstances.

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    Re: unreserved apology

    Barb_D & SUDHKAMP:

    Thank you for your help. I think I've understood.

    Barb_D:

    This one is an unreserved apology.

    I'm very sorry that when I so thoughlessly chose my words, I hurt your feelings.

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    Re: unreserved apology

    You got it!

    A lot of celebrities have made the "non-apology apology" in which they say things like "I regret that people were hurt" instead of taking responsibility and saying "I'm sorry my actions hurt people."

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    Re: unreserved apology

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    You got it!

    A lot of celebrities have made the "non-apology apology" in which they say things like "I regret that people were hurt" instead of taking responsibility and saying "I'm sorry my actions hurt people."
    Hi Barb_D,

    Thank you for your help again. Yes, I am clear about it.

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    Re: unreserved apology

    I think 'unreserved apology' is not normally used in everyday language. You don't hear people say 'I apologize unreservedly to xxx'. You come across the term more often in written business/legal fields. It's a full and unconditional apology to show that an action is repented. In business, when a company is found to infringe on another company's copyright, it is common, as part of the settlement, for the former company to put an advertisement in the newspaper to publicly announce an 'unreserved apology'.

    I have not heard of the antonym, 'reserved apology'.

    not a teacher

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    Re: unreserved apology

    Hello Tedtmc,

    It's nice to "see" you again. Thank you for your input.

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    Re: unreserved apology

    Hi daffodils
    It's good to see you again too.

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