em·​path·​ic | \ em-ˈpa-thik How to pronounce empathic (audio) , im- \

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

Other Words from empathic

empathically \ em-​ˈpa-​thi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce empathic (audio) , im-​ \ 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 And Odd Future’s genuinely punk ethos matched well with Frank Ocean’s empathic detachment. Jeff Ihaza, Rolling Stone, 10 July 2022 And to raise an empathic child, actually, is to raise an antiracist child. Los Angeles Times, 14 June 2022 Doctors also discuss the need for support, but too often my empathic colleagues do not ask their patients about religion or faith or spirituality. T. Salewa Oseni, STAT, 23 June 2022 The key to straddling this line, Bhat says, is trying to be empathic towards our community at large. Katherine Singh, refinery29.com, 18 May 2022 The shift to remote work environments and employers being more empathic to childcare challenges during the pandemic has opened up a pandora’s box—and most employees are not looking to go back. Jacqlyn Nedvin, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2022 The Pilots underscored their readiness to make a run at their second WCC title in three years Saturday afternoon with an empathic 69-44 win over Loyola Marymount at Orleans Arena. oregonlive, 5 Mar. 2022 DiFonzo, associate professor of psychology at Roberts Wesleyan College with a psychoanalyst’s empathic style, tapped eight decades of research into the spread of rumors to understand what motivates and sustains groups like Sandy Hook Hoax. Elizabeth Williamson, Wired, 11 Mar. 2022 As friends, family and colleagues recalled the life of former Lake County Coroner Barbara Richardson, the recollections centered on her personal and empathic touch dealing with people under the most difficult of circumstances. Daniel I. Dorfman, chicagotribune.com, 3 Feb. 2022 See More

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1909, in the meaning defined above

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“Empathic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/empathic. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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em·​path·​ic | \ em-ˈpath-ik, im- How to pronounce empathic (audio) \

Medical Definition of empathic

: involving, characterized by, or based on empathy

Other Words from empathic

empathically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce empathic (audio) \ adverb


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