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

    Concerning Sally William John Hopkins
  • She opened her eyes and fixed them apathetically on the strong helpful face.

    Flamsted quarries Mary E. Waller
  • She watched it all apathetically, as if the goods displayed about had been the leaves upon the trees set forth for her admiration.

    The Girl from Montana Grace Livingston Hill
  • I apathetically fell in with the idea, and invited Terry to join me.

    The Four Pools Mystery Jean Webster
  • There watched him, apathetically, over the narrow way, that grim and dubious woman whose house is the Night.

    The Book of Wonder Edward J. M. D. Plunkett, Lord Dunsany
  • Reluctantly, apathetically, the Leopard Woman's men got to their feet.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • He leaned menacingly toward Roger who, chin resting on the table, regarded him apathetically.

    Bread Overhead Fritz Reuter Leiber
  • She waved her hand to them apathetically and rowed slowly on.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • But no change is in the long run so apathetically accepted as the presence of a colony of aliens.

    Roden's Corner Henry Seton Merriman
  • Jeanne reported the news to Bob, but she received it apathetically.

    A Daughter of the Union Lucy Foster Madison
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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