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[em-puh-thet-ik] /ˌɛm pəˈθɛt ɪk/
of, relating to, or characterized by empathy, the psychological identification with the feelings, thoughts, or attitudes of others:
a sensitive, empathetic school counselor.
Also, empathic
[em-path-ik] /ɛmˈpæθ ɪk/ (Show IPA)
Origin of empathetic
1930-35; empath(y) + -etic
Related forms
empathetically, empathically, adverb
nonempathic, adjective
nonempathically, adverb
Can be confused
empathetic, sympathetic, simpatico. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for empathetic
  • 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.
  • Looking at these images, one feels simultaneously empathetic and alienated.
  • I'd rather have honest and empathetic than smart personally.
  • He was empathetic to kids with problems.
  • Students said they like the empathetic ear that the younger teachers can provide.
  • In conversation, she seems empathetic and surprisingly deferential.
  • I'm a pretty calm, empathetic guy, and I'm pretty good with kids.
British Dictionary definitions for empathetic


of or relating to empathy
Derived Forms
empathically, empathetically, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for empathetic

1932, in psychology, from empathy on model of sympathetic and to distinguish it from empathic. Related: Empathetically.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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