em·​pa·​thet·​ic | \ ˌem-pə-ˈthe-tik \

Definition of empathetic

: involving, characterized by, or based on empathy

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Other Words from empathetic

empathetically \ ˌem-​pə-​ˈthe-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē \ 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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But Eighth Grade marks him as an unusually empathetic and humanist director — and as perhaps the first filmmaker to really grapple with the internet not as a blessing or a scourge but as a simple fact of life. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Eighth Grade director Bo Burnham on what most movies get wrong about the internet," 25 Aug. 2018 In the wake of Anthony Bourdain’s tragic death at age 61, there are many things the chef and journalist will be remembered for — from his immense contributions to the food world to his empathetic and insightful travel reporting on Parts Unknown. Anna Silman, The Cut, "Anthony Bourdain Spoke Out Where Other Men Wouldn’t," 8 June 2018 So, having one character represent that lifestyle or that storyline is just going to allow kids to either identify naturally or learn how to be sympathetic and empathetic toward their friends who are going through something. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Alyson Stoner is All Grown Up and She Wants Disney To Grow Up, Too," 14 Sep. 2018 This led the professors, the Dickensian trio of Côté, Piff, and Willer, to conclude that the wealthy are less empathetic, and that this may not necessarily be a bad thing, since their condition allows them to be more strategic in moral dilemmas. Kevin Conley, Town & Country, "Bad As I Wanna Be," 11 July 2013 His book is an intensely personal memoir about a childhood that trained him to be nimble and empathetic. Heidi Stevens, chicagotribune.com, "The power of uncomfortable conversations: 'I was sick of living in an echo chamber'," 18 June 2018 There, Switaj found an informed and empathetic audience in Jennifer Hartt, Ben Franklin’s director of investments for health and digital health. Diane Mastrull, Philly.com, "How Philly start-up RoundTrip helps ease a huge health problem: Getting a ride to the doctor," 28 Mar. 2018 While Sophia was shy, Sara was boisterous and empathetic. Stephen Magagnini, sacbee, "West Sacramento mom speaks about daughters’ New Year’s Eve deaths | The Sacramento Bee," 31 Jan. 2018 An online culture of competitive authenticity and wokeness has begotten a tendency to pose as more receptive and empathetic than thou. Inkoo Kang, Slate Magazine, "Why is everyone tweeting about how the year’s best movies made them cry?," 2 Jan. 2018

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1912, in the meaning defined above

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