empathetic

adjective
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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Other Words from empathetic

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

Examples of empathetic in a Sentence

an empathetic social worker who soon realized that the single mother was at her breaking point
Recent Examples on the Web As more and more people documented their lives online, so that our whole selves, past and present, were visible, society was predicted to become more empathetic and forgiving. New York Times, 29 May 2021 The result is a far gentler, more empathetic Mal with a scrappier, more desperate drive. Lauren Puckett, Harper's BAZAAR, 30 Apr. 2021 Carla Johnson, another worker, said management could become more empathetic and more personally engaged with employees. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, 9 Apr. 2021 Being empathetic toward student experiences will be critical to reducing reliance on suspensions and expulsions. Sandra M. Chafouleas, The Conversation, 8 Apr. 2021 There's still so much work to do to ensure all trans people can live honestly without fear—but watching authentic stories about the trans experience will help create a more empathetic world. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, 31 Mar. 2021 The researchers also considered how to make the phone conversations more empathetic. Kasra Zarei, Scientific American, 26 Mar. 2021 So hopefully going forward with our issues, the more empathetic voices will be louder. Téa Francesca Price, San Francisco Chronicle, 21 Mar. 2021 Tweaks to services for students, for example, resulted from a more empathetic understanding of individual student needs, says Dr. Robinson in New York. Sarah Matusek, The Christian Science Monitor, 16 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of empathetic

1912, in the meaning defined above

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“Empathetic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/empathetic. Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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