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 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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Though attitudes to Woods range from infuriated (Khloé Kardashian) to sympathetic (Lena Dunham) and confused (much of Twitter), the episode of RTT was warm and empathetic towards the (ex?) best friend of Kylie Jenner. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "How Jada Pinkett Smith Counseled Jordyn Woods During Their Interview," 1 Mar. 2019 Some canines are even more naturally empathetic to humans. Alexandra Gekas, Woman's Day, "9 Things Your Dog Is Trying to Tell You, According to Experts," 25 Feb. 2019 This crappy club is nothing if not endlessly empathetic and supportive. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "How One Article Changed My Perspective on Mother’s Day Without My Mom," 11 May 2018 Hurd's Lacey is described as the athletic and empathetic senior partner. Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY, "'Cagney and Lacey': CBS casts 'Grey's Anatomy' star Sarah Drew, 'SVU' alum Michelle Hurd in pilot," 14 Mar. 2018 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

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First Known Use of empathetic

1912, in the meaning defined above

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