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  1. having or showing little or no emotion: apathetic behavior.
  2. not interested or concerned; indifferent or unresponsive: an apathetic audience.
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Also ap·a·thet·i·cal.

Origin of apathetic

First recorded in 1735–45; apath(y) + (path)etic
Related formsap·a·thet·i·cal·ly, adverb


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1. unfeeling, impassive, cool. 2. uninterested, unconcerned.


1. emotional. 2. concerned.
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  • But he was, to some degree, apathetic from over-much misery.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • He, like his rag-weed, had settled down to an apathetic jog.


    Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius

  • Walter shot a hard look at his apathetic sister, then turned to his father.

    Alice Adams

    Booth Tarkington

  • Louisa had listened to this discourse with apathetic patience.

    The Market-Place

    Harold Frederic

  • As to the Rubber corner itself, the Stock Exchange as a whole was apathetic.

    The Market-Place

    Harold Frederic

British Dictionary definitions for apathetic


  1. having or showing little or no emotion; indifferent
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Derived Formsapathetically, adverb

Word Origin

C18: from apathy + pathetic
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for apathetic


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

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

apathetic in Medicine


  1. Lacking interest or concern; indifferent.
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Related formsap′a•theti•cal•ly adv.
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