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1. Of, relating to, or expressing penitence.
2. Of or relating to penance.
1. A book or set of church rules concerning the sacrament of penance.
2. A penitent.

pen′i·ten′tial·ly adv.
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Adv.1.penitentially - showing remorse
References in classic literature ?
I am not quite clear whether these articles were carried penitentially or ostentatiously; but, I rather think they were displayed as articles of property - much as Cleopatra or any other sovereign lady on the Rampage might exhibit her wealth in a pageant or procession.
Most do so by car, traveling with families and friends to visit churches further apart, even combining it, less penitentially, with sightseeing on the side, so long as that does not undermine the real intention of the trip.' I have seen barebacked men with red markings whipping themselves while walking through a path as a form of sacrifice and prayer.
One of the obligations of abjurers was to 'carry crosses and dress penitentially'.