adjective \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

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adjective \ˌap-ə-ˈthet-ik\   (Medical Dictionary)

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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