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compassionate

[adj. kuhm-pash-uh-nit; v. kuhm-pash-uh-neyt]
adjective
1.
having or showing compassion: a compassionate person; a compassionate letter.
2.
granted in an emergency: compassionate military leave granted to attend a funeral.
3.
Obsolete, pitiable.
verb (used with object), compassionated, compassionating.
4.
Archaic. to pity or have compassion for.

Origin:
1580–90; compassion + -ate1

compassionately, adverb
compassionateness, noun
uncompassionate, adjective
uncompassionately, adverb
uncompassionateness, noun


1. pitying, sympathizing, sympathetic, tender.
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compassionate (kəmˈpæʃənət)
 
adj
1.  showing or having compassion
2.  compassionate leave leave granted, esp to a serviceman, on the grounds of bereavement, family illness, etc
 
com'passionately
 
adv
 
com'passionateness
 
n

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compassionate
1580s, from compassion. Phrase compassionate conservatism in American political language first recorded by 1992, popularized, if not coined, by Marvin Olasky, University of Texas at Austin instructor.
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