empathetic

[em-puh-thet-ik]
adjective
of, pertaining to, or characterized by empathy: a sensitive, empathetic school counselor.
Also, empathic [em-path-ik] .


Origin:
1930–35; empath(y) + -etic

empathetically, empathically, adverb
nonempathic, adjective
nonempathically, adverb

empathetic, sympathetic, simpatico.
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empathic or empathetic (ɛmˈpæθɪk, ˌɛmpəˈθɛtɪk)
 
adj
of or relating to empathy
 
empathetic or empathetic
 
adj
 
empathically or empathetic
 
adv
 
empathetically or empathetic
 
adv

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empathetic
1932, in psychology, from empathy on model of sympathetic and to distinguish it from empathic. Related: Empathetically.
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Example sentences
Empathetic listening means that you offer understanding.
He's very empathetic and emotional and reactive.
The financial reality of the world she chronicles provides the drama that
  sustains this empathetic and thoroughly engaging memoir.
Being empathetic does not have to mean lowering your standards.
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