em·pa·thet·ic | \ˌem-pə-ˈthe-tik \

Definition of empathetic 

: involving, characterized by, or based on empathy

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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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Studies have found that people who are better at this task are also more empathetic, better at dividing their attention and make better decisions. Helen Thomson, WSJ, "Strange Stories of Extraordinary Brains—and What We Can Learn From Them," 29 June 2018 Twitter and Facebook have made us cruder, less empathetic, more tribal. New York Times, "Click ‘Delete’ to Save Your Soul," 13 June 2018 Their reporting and interviewing seems empathetic and respectful of what these relatives of the victim have gone through. David Zurawik, baltimoresun.com, "New York Times podcast takes hard-eyed look at Baltimore's police problems," 5 June 2018 Mass shootings have become so commonplace, even the most empathetic around us feels dazed into a new sense of normal. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Pusher & Anjulie Address Gun Violence With Pixel-Pop on 'All We Can Do': Exclusive," 12 July 2018 Middle children, spurred by an empathetic sense of being overlooked, are most likely to fight injustice. Adam Sternbergh, The Cut, "The Extinction of the Middle Child," 11 July 2018 This empathetic human-rights lens contrasts sharply with the neoliberal lens elites use for blue-collar Americans, who are often viewed as dimwitted and fat. Joan C. Williams, WSJ, "The Elites Feed Anti-Immigrant Bias," 9 July 2018 Research shows that women are in fact more giving, more empathetic and more nonverbally sensitive than men, though studies rarely examine these inclinations through the lens of marital status. Bella Depaulo, chicagotribune.com, "Think single people are selfish? The research proves otherwise," 26 May 2018 So learning how to deal with mean girls in an empathetic way and not talk back when people talk mean to you and how to empower them to be good girls and kind girls and be sisterly to each other. Kathy Cichon, chicagotribune.com, "Steel Beam offers empowerment workshop for girls," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of empathetic

1912, in the meaning defined above

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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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