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

Definition of empathetic

: involving, characterized by, or based on empathy

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 Pisces are known to be highly empathetic and intuitive, easily reading the emotions of others and very much ruled by their own. Anna Kaufman, USA TODAY, 28 July 2022 That doesn’t make the soldiers’ testimony any less powerful, empathetic and meaningful. Sharrona Pearl, Washington Post, 15 July 2022 But whether that part is real or performative, the idea that one Nathan or the other is using The Rehearsal to improve his own life, as well as that of each subject, makes the series both gentler to watch and more empathetic and poignant as a whole. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 13 July 2022 Job seekers should have their antennas up to detect if the interviewers are self-aware, empathetic and polite. Jack Kelly, Forbes, 10 June 2022 Homer’s images of Black people, seen in his work for Harper’s, his paintings and, most profusely, his Caribbean watercolors are, at their best, the most empathetic and least biased of any American artist of his time. Roberta Smith, New York Times, 7 Apr. 2022 The foundation described Mckay as an intelligent, empathetic and talented leader. Brook Endale, The Enquirer, 25 Mar. 2022 The video made its rounds online, and while some fans were empathetic and supportive, others shared unkind words. Elizabeth Ayoola, Essence, 18 Mar. 2022 Ironic, too, in that probably the most empathetic and patriotic ad ever aired during the game was a Clydesdale bowing in respect to New York after 9/11. Marc Bona, cleveland, 14 Feb. 2022 See More

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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 14 Aug. 2022.

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