Penitent equals to ‘Person who Repents Later’, someone who is penitent is very sorry something wrong that they have done and regrets their action. That means after committing the crime they eventually develop the feeling of guilt and they repent their actions. Hence, it has been labeled as a person who repents later.
It is as simple as that!
Meaning of Penitent :
1. feeling for expressing sorrow for the sin committed.
Sentence Examples for Penitent :
1. She just sat before them, almost penitent about her past.
2. The people who attacked the Church were penitent criminals.
3. She looked miserable as she sat penitently in her chair.