Definition of compassionate
- The soldier was granted compassionate leave following the death of his father.
a compassionate person by nature
a compassionate smile made the refugees feel a little better
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a gentle soul who could compassionate even the most reprobate of scoundrels and villains
: feeling or showing concern for someone who is sick, hurt, poor, etc. : having or showing compassion
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