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[ap-uh-thet-ik] /ˌæp əˈθɛt ɪk/
having or showing little or no emotion:
apathetic behavior.
not interested or concerned; indifferent or unresponsive:
an apathetic audience.
Also, apathetical.
Origin of apathetic
1735-45; apath(y) + (path)etic
Related forms
apathetically, adverb
1. unfeeling, impassive, cool. 2. uninterested, unconcerned.
1. emotional. 2. concerned. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for apathetic
  • Early in their routine at center court, the crowd seemed to be unimpressed, almost apathetic.
  • At least they're engaged and not apathetic.
  • The reaction among voters has been apathetic or downright hostile.
  • If this requires them to be made angry, that is better than remaining in ignorance, uninformed and apathetic.
  • Navigating a series of unpredictable challenges, Wallis transforms from an apathetic charmer to a poised young man.
  • Being apathetic when empathy is the normal more evolved human behavior should concern all of us.
  • They're not apathetic, just alienated.
  • Life is indeed complicated, but we should not make that complication an excuse for us to become complacent or apathetic.
  • If a large portion of society is happy, then most people will be apathetic.
  • It's just a parody of excessive and apathetic nature of twenty somethings.
British Dictionary definitions for apathetic


having or showing little or no emotion; indifferent
Derived Forms
apathetically, adverb
Word Origin
C18: from apathy + pathetic
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Word Origin and History for apathetic

1744, from apathy + -ic, on model of pathetic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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apathetic in Medicine

apathetic ap·a·thet·ic (āp'ə-thět'ĭk)
Lacking interest or concern; indifferent.

ap'a·thet'i·cal·ly adv.
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