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[ap-uh-thet-ik] /ˌæp əˈθɛt ɪk/
having or showing little or no emotion:
apathetic behavior.
not interested or concerned; indifferent or unresponsive:
an apathetic audience.
Also, apathetical.
Origin of apathetic
1735-45; apath(y) + (path)etic
Related forms
apathetically, adverb
1. unfeeling, impassive, cool. 2. uninterested, unconcerned.
1. emotional. 2. concerned. Unabridged
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  • Gillane was apathetic, but when Stannard measured out the tea he joked and Deering laughed.

    Northwest! Harold Bindloss
  • She was listless, apathetic, calm with the calmness of a woman who knows she can suffer no further.

    The Octopus Frank Norris
  • Parliament itself is dull, the public is apathetic, and everything appertaining to politics is flat and unprofitable.

  • As a consequence, sectionalism is active with us, and apathetic with you.

    Acadia Frederic S. Cozzens
  • Remember also that the sympathetic (not apathetic) listener is the delight of delights.

    Etiquette Emily Post
British Dictionary definitions for apathetic


having or showing little or no emotion; indifferent
Derived Forms
apathetically, adverb
Word Origin
C18: from apathy + pathetic
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for apathetic

1744, from apathy + -ic, on model of pathetic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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apathetic in Medicine

apathetic ap·a·thet·ic (āp'ə-thět'ĭk)
Lacking interest or concern; indifferent.

ap'a·thet'i·cal·ly adv.
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