empathic

adjective em·path·ic \ em-ˈpa-thik , im- \
|Updated on: 11 Jul 2018

Definition of empathic

: 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

play \em-ˈpa-thi-k(ə-)lē, im-\ adverb
    • listening empathically

Examples of empathic in a Sentence

  1. gave an empathic nod as I recounted my repeated efforts to land a decent-paying job in a tough economy

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First Known Use of empathic

1909

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empathic

adjective em·path·ic \ em-ˈpath-ik, im- \

medical Definition of empathic

: involving, characterized by, or based on empathy

empathically

play \-i-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

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