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

Nearby words

  1. apartmental,
  2. apartmentize,
  3. apast,
  4. apastron,
  5. apatetic,
  6. apathia,
  7. apathism,
  8. apathy,
  9. apatite,
  10. apatosaurus

Also ap·a·thet·i·cal.

Origin of apathetic

First recorded in 1735–45; apath(y) + (path)etic

SYNONYMS FOR apathetic
ANTONYMS FOR apathetic

Related formsap·a·thet·i·cal·ly, adverb

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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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Medicine definitions for apathetically




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

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