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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
First recorded in 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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Examples from the Web for apathetically
Historical Examples
  • Reluctantly, apathetically, the Leopard Woman's men got to their feet.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • She waved her hand to them apathetically and rowed slowly on.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • The little man paused in his painful progress to look on apathetically.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service
  • Miss Carter listened at first apathetically, then with growing interest.

    Betty Wales Senior Margaret Warde
  • She opened her eyes and fixed them apathetically on the strong helpful face.

    Flamsted quarries Mary E. Waller
  • I apathetically fell in with the idea, and invited Terry to join me.

    The Four Pools Mystery Jean Webster
  • She spoke, apathetically it was true, as if she had known him all her life.

    The Carpet from Bagdad

    Harold MacGrath
  • Jeanne reported the news to Bob, but she received it apathetically.

    A Daughter of the Union

    Lucy Foster Madison
  • Mrs. Ladue looked at her daughter sitting there so apathetically.

    Concerning Sally William John Hopkins
  • "No one, but I dare say it will be known presently," said Annette apathetically.

    Notwithstanding Mary Cholmondeley
British Dictionary definitions for apathetically


having or showing little or no emotion; indifferent
Derived Forms
apathetically, adverb
Word Origin
C18: from apathy + pathetic
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Word Origin and History for apathetically



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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apathetically in Medicine

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

ap'a·thet'i·cal·ly adv.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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