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empathetic

[em-puh-thet-ik]
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adjective
  1. of, relating to, or characterized by empathy, the psychological identification with the feelings, thoughts, or attitudes of others: a sensitive, empathetic school counselor.
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Also em·path·ic [em-path-ik] /ɛmˈpæθ ɪk/.

Origin of empathetic

First recorded in 1930–35; empath(y) + -etic
Related formsem·pa·thet·i·cal·ly, em·path·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·em·path·ic, adjectivenon·em·path·i·cal·ly, adverb
Can be confusedempathetic sympathetic simpatico
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  • Had a virtually complete case of empathic paralysis when he came to us.

    Final Weapon

    Everett B. Cole

  • And the mountain in question, seen from one double its height, will suggest the empathic activity of spreading itself out.

    The Beautiful

    Vernon Lee

  • But he did feel the wave of emotion that welled from her, impinging directly on his empathic sense.

    Sense of Obligation

    Henry Maxwell Dempsey (AKA Harry Harrison)

  • In the empathic paradigm, the subjectivity of the other is "assumed to be as whole and valid as that of the caregiver" (p. 68).

  • Gadow's contrasting paradigms, empathic and philanthropic, are relevant to this understanding.


British Dictionary definitions for empathic

empathic

empathetic (ˌɛmpəˈθɛtɪk)

adjective
  1. of or relating to empathy
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Derived Formsempathically or empathetically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for empathic

adj.

1909, from empathy + -ic. Related: Empathically.

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empathetic

adj.

1932, in psychology, from empathy on model of sympathetic and to distinguish it from empathic. Related: Empathetically.

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