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
Recent Examples on the Web My daughter is a sweet, caring, empathetic woman — with everyone except her husband and her daughters. Love Letters.com, "I’m in the middle of my daughter’s marriage," 29 June 2020 During the height of the pandemic’s economic shutdown, automakers were quick out of the gate with empathetic TV ads offering to defer loan payments for those suddenly out of work. Ashton Nichols, Dallas News, "Looking for a new car? It’ll be a summer of incentives at North Texas dealerships," 12 June 2020 But police also could have de-escalated the situation by using non-confrontational verbal skills, by being empathetic or using active listening to stabilize a person in crisis, according to the procedures. Deon J. Hampton, Cincinnati.com, "Questions grow about police actions, tactics during Cincinnati protests," 12 June 2020 My road map on leadership has always been about being empathetic but making decisions quickly. Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune, "How one company manages supply chains for every single ‘essential’ industry," 11 June 2020 Foley hopes that being exposed to these plays can help audiences to feel empathetic toward others and see the world from different viewpoints. Laura Latzko, azcentral, "Tempe theater group is doing a free Zoom reading of 'Heidi Chronicles.' Here's how to watch," 10 June 2020 The TRiiBE, a site founded in 2017 to report on Chicago’s black communities, has provided rigorous and empathetic coverage of the protests, as well as the ways in which black Chicagoans have been uniquely affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Rachel Hawley, The New Republic, "Don’t Support The New York Times," 10 June 2020 Empathetic responses can be learned and encouraged with proper messaging, and her hunch is that increases or decreases in empathetic responding over weeks and months will be associated with shifts in health behaviors and coping mechanisms. Lydia Denworth, Scientific American, "The Biggest Psychological Experiment in History Is Running Now," 8 June 2020 Crafting an apology and wading through Google to find the exact right photo to accompany it – empathetic! Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Drew Brees needs to do more than apologize for comments on protests," 4 June 2020

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First Known Use of empathetic

1912, in the meaning defined above

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9 Jul 2020

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“Empathetic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/empathetic. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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