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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 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



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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