having or showing little or no emotion: apathetic behavior.
not interested or concerned; indifferent or unresponsive: an apathetic audience.

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

Synonyms for apathetic

Antonyms for apathetic

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Examples from the Web for apathetically

Historical Examples of apathetically

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for apathetically



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

Word Origin for apathetic

C18: from apathy + pathetic
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Word Origin and History for apathetically



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

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apathetically in Medicine




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