adjective ap·a·thet·ic \ˌa-pə-ˈthe-tik\

: not having or showing much emotion or interest

Full Definition of APATHETIC

:  having or showing little or no feeling or emotion :  spiritless
:  having little or no interest or concern :  indifferent
ap·a·thet·i·cal·ly \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of APATHETIC

  1. Young people are becoming increasingly apathetic.
  2. the apathetic attitude of the public
  3. Surprisingly, most Americans are apathetic toward this important issue.
  4. But contrary to popular belief, not all jocks are as apathetic as they are athletic. One such progressive player is Toni Smith, a college basketball player who turned her back on Old Glory every time the national anthem was played before her games last season. In a written statement, she cited America's systemic inequalities as her reason for not saluting the flag. —Complex, June/July 2003


(see apathy)
First Known Use: 1744

Synonym Discussion of APATHETIC

impassive, stoic, phlegmatic, apathetic, stolid mean unresponsive to something that might normally excite interest or emotion. impassive stresses the absence of any external sign of emotion in action or facial expression <met the news with an impassive look>. stoic implies an apparent indifference to pleasure or especially to pain often as a matter of principle or self-discipline <was resolutely stoic even in adversity>. phlegmatic implies a temperament or constitution hard to arouse <a phlegmatic man unmoved by tears>. apathetic may imply a puzzling or deplorable indifference or inertness <charitable appeals met an apathetic response>. stolid implies a habitual absence of interest, responsiveness, or curiosity <stolid workers wedded to routine>.

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Medical Dictionary


adjective ap·a·thet·ic \ˌap-ə-ˈthet-ik\

Medical Definition of APATHETIC

:  having or showing little or no feeling or emotion
ap·a·thet·i·cal·ly \-i-k(ə-)lē\ adverb


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