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empathetic

[em-puh-thet-ik] /ˌɛm pəˈθɛt ɪk/
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, or characterized by empathy:
a sensitive, empathetic school counselor.
Also, empathic
[em-path-ik] /ɛmˈpæθ ɪk/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1930-1935
1930-35; empath(y) + -etic
Related forms
empathetically, empathically, adverb
nonempathic, adjective
nonempathically, adverb
Can be confused
empathetic, sympathetic, simpatico.
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Examples from the web for empathetically
  • Handle each administrative problem objectively and empathetically without discrimination.
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  • Handles each administrative problem objectively and empathetically, without discrimination.
  • Listening unhurriedly, responsively, and empathetically will enhance your personal image with students.
  • Ability to listen empathetically to others' personal problem by using appropriate eye contact and body language.
  • Seeks or dispenses no personal favors, handles each administrative problem objectively and empathetically, without discrimination.
  • In these cases, listen empathetically, and answer whatever questions you can while moving on with the interview.
  • Ability to listen empathetically to inmate problems and determine if counseling or other action is advisable.
Word Origin and History for empathetically

empathetic

adj.

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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