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

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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 One of the key litmus tests of empathic leadership is the ability to bring all employees into the decision-making process. Ross Wainwright, Forbes, 4 June 2021 This includes modeling emotional regulation in times of stress; giving children an opportunity to express feelings of anxiety and fear; and establishing empathic bonds with students by truly listening to them. Laura Newberry, Los Angeles Times, 31 May 2021 While lawmakers across Washington observed the holiday through tribute services and eulogizing statements, many lawmakers who are military veterans gave especially empathic reflections. Sarah Elbeshbishi, USA TODAY, 31 May 2021 The Renaissance offset raw passions through deliberate visual quotation, insulating empathic connection with a layer of self-reflection. Jonathon Keats, Forbes, 19 May 2021 Anchored on empathic understanding, Zhao cultivates relationships. Los Angeles Times, 25 Apr. 2021 Over scenes of people isolated at first, then together, a narrator distills months of research, testing and brainstorming into a straightforward and empathic pitch. David Montgomery, Washington Post, 26 Apr. 2021 The approach should touch the hearts of people, the empathic nerves, the values of people. Jack Mccullough, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2021 To facilitate an open, empathic dialogue about these factors, Manning shares her conversations about the vaccine on social media. Kristen Rogers, CNN, 30 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of empathic

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 20 Jun. 2021.

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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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