ten·​der·​heart·​ed ˈten-dər-ˌhär-təd How to pronounce tenderhearted (audio)
: easily moved to love, pity, or sorrow : compassionate, impressionable
tenderheartedly adverb
tenderheartedness noun

Examples of tenderhearted in a Sentence

a tenderhearted offer of help for the victims of the earthquake
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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tenderhearted was in the 15th century

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“Tenderhearted.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tenderhearted. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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ten·​der·​heart·​ed ˌten-dər-ˈhärt-əd How to pronounce tenderhearted (audio)
: easily moved to love, pity, or sorrow : compassionate
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