Definition of compassionate in English:

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Pronunciation: /kəmˈpaʃ(ə)nət/


Feeling or showing sympathy and concern for others: I allowed him to go home on compassionate grounds she tried to sound compassionate
More example sentences
  • One of the lessons she tried to teach her son is to be compassionate and have a warm heart.
  • I still have trouble understanding how you can be too tolerant or too compassionate.
  • He is the kindest, most compassionate, humble and gentle soul I have ever met.
pitying, sympathetic, empathetic, understanding, caring, concerned, solicitous, sensitive, tender-hearted, soft-hearted, warm-hearted, warm, loving, tender, gentle, merciful, lenient, tolerant, considerate, thoughtful, kind, kindly, kind-hearted, humanitarian, humane, charitable, benevolent, good-natured, well disposed, big-hearted



Pronunciation: /kəmˈpaʃ(ə)nətli/
Example sentences
  • Champions of individual liberty often believe even more firmly than critics in doing the right thing, including acting generously, compassionately, and helpfully - in the spirit of community.
  • In the process, Nicholson actually transforms the unlikable Schmidt into a sympathetic and compassionately tragic character.
  • When people have an instinctive belief that a crime will be investigated, prosecuted and punished swiftly, compassionately and impartially, it indicates that their country is or is becoming what we all want a nation to be.


Late 16th century: from compassion + -ate2, influenced by archaic French compassioné 'feeling pity'.

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