em·​pa·​thet·​ic | \ ˌem-pə-ˈthe-tik How to pronounce empathetic (audio) \

Definition of empathetic

: involving, characterized by, or based on empathy

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empathetically \ ˌem-​pə-​ˈthe-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce empathetically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of empathetic in a Sentence

an empathetic social worker who soon realized that the single mother was at her breaking point

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Fans were empathetic, as the photos served as a reminder that plastic surgery is serious business with serious side effects. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "5 Questions You Should Ask Before Deciding To Undergo Plastic Surgery," 2 July 2019 Be empathetic enough to see things from the other side and act accordingly. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive.com, "Horoscope for June 30, 2019: Libra, it’s all a matter of perspective; Aquarius, money mix-ups could provide comic relief," 30 June 2019 Maybe dolphins are just generally empathetic and altruistic, as Gregg suggests. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Our love of dolphins is not always good for them," 8 June 2019 Perhaps a slightly empathetic young person—with just a twinge of feeling for the Thou—finding the right fiction would be yearned into other text. David Means, Harper's magazine, "A writer alone with the work," 10 Apr. 2019 The youngest, Anne Feltovich, a Latin teacher in her 30s, was the most persistent and appeared the most empathetic. New York Times, "His College Knew of His Despair. His Parents Didn’t, Until It Was Too Late.," 12 May 2018 The Economist: Using your methods, won’t empathy simply develop in those who are prone to be empathetic anyway—leaving the most vile people unaffected and the world unimproved: a snowflake of kindness amid a blizzard of misanthropy? K.n.c., The Economist, "How to increase empathy and unite society," 7 June 2019 He’ll be remembered as an empathetic, courageous person whose writing and on-air adventures brought different peoples of the world a little closer together. WSJ, "WSJ. Magazine’s 10 Most-Read Stories of 2018," 17 Dec. 2018 Their trip to South Africa in January illuminates the empathetic nature of both. Aaron Carter, Philly.com, "Germantown Friends' McKoy twins will continue track careers at Lafayette, Lehigh," 2 June 2018

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First Known Use of empathetic

1912, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of empathetic was in 1912

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