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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 empathically
  • Listening empathically and without judgment, and offering emotional support for non-work difficulties.
  • Watching violence dilutes our ability to respond empathically to others' pain.
  • Listening empathically and without judgment and offering emotional support for nonwork difficulties.
  • Foresees areas of difficulty in the session and responds empathically to patient or caregiver concerns.
Word Origin and History for empathically

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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