Because it is a background virtue, humility (derived from the Latin for ‘low’) is best described in terms of what it isn’t. It isn’t ambitious, holds no opinions, declines to judge, has no enemies, does nothing unnecessarily, is unconcerned with image, doesn’t need notes.
A true apology by-passes the mind. It comes out unthought. “Oh, I’m sorry!” Just like that. An apology that’s been ruminated over, rehearsed, written down—here, obviously, we’re dealing with a defensive measure.