em·​path·​ic em-ˈpa-thik How to pronounce empathic (audio)
: involving, characterized by, or based on empathy : empathetic
It is also during early childhood that people begin experiencing empathic guilt—feeling distress when they have been the cause of someone else's discomfort.Joseph Alper
empathically adverb
listening empathically

Examples of empathic in a Sentence

gave an empathic nod as I recounted my repeated efforts to land a decent-paying job in a tough economy
Recent Examples on the Web Mutual respect, appreciation, shared joy and empathic communication strengthen the foundation of your relationship, steadily guiding you with love, through the good times and the bad. Mark Travers, Forbes, 21 Feb. 2024 While more empathic heads prevailed, discussion should have centered around why the city continues to pursue policies and actions that subvert the Constitution. Sun Sentinel Editorial Board, Sun Sentinel, 3 Jan. 2024 He’s also previously spoken out about how becoming a parent to his late disabled son Zain—who passed away in February 2022 at the age of 26—shaped him into a more empathic leader. Byorianna Rosa Royle, Fortune, 18 Oct. 2023 Compassion, meanwhile, isn’t just about being empathic, but actually doing something about it. John Kell, Fortune, 17 Oct. 2023 This empathic approach strengthens individual relationships and builds trust with your team. Dr. Samantha Madhosingh, Forbes, 30 Nov. 2023 On one end are avoidance behaviors such as empathic withdrawal or repression. Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi, Discover Magazine, 3 Oct. 2023 Researchers also see empathic disequilibrium as a possibility for some people. Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi, Discover Magazine, 3 Oct. 2023 Sociopaths and psychopaths self-select as our unnatural leaders while empathic and intellectually generous candidates are excluded by a political system that favours corporate greed over prosocial actions. Hazlitt, 27 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1909, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of empathic was in 1909

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“Empathic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/empathic. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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em·​path·​ic em-ˈpath-ik, im- How to pronounce empathic (audio)
: involving, characterized by, or based on empathy
empathically adverb
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