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April 29, 2014 11:34 AM Subscribe
How do you graciously respond to a non-apology without accepting it as if it were an actual apology?
posted by whoaali to Human Relations (46 answers total) 28 users marked this as a favorite
This has recently come up in my life, but I'm just looking for general responses to non-apologies that are gracious and don't bait the person into an argument or confrontation. Part of me has great difficulty accepting a non-apology as if the person had actually apologized, yet for the sake of peace and just generally not wanting to engage with the person, I accept their apology as if it were genuine. I'm not sure if this is something Miss Manners covers exactly.
Is there a way to respond that implicitly acknowledges it's not a real apology? Or is the appropriate response to just accept it as if it were a real apology rather than further engage with the person?