compassionate Definition

feeling or showing sympathy and concern for others.

Using compassionate: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "compassionate" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She was a compassionate nurse who always went the extra mile for her patients.

  • Example

    The company's compassionate leave policy allows employees to take time off work to care for a sick family member.

  • Example

    He spoke in a gentle, compassionate voice that put her at ease.

compassionate Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for compassionate

Phrases with compassionate

  • to demonstrate sympathy and concern for someone who is suffering


    It's important to show compassion towards those who are less fortunate than ourselves.

  • to experience sympathy and concern for someone who is suffering


    I feel great compassion for the victims of the natural disaster.

  • the early release of a prisoner on humanitarian grounds, such as terminal illness


    The inmate was granted compassionate release due to his deteriorating health.

Origins of compassionate

from Latin 'compati', meaning 'suffer with'


Summary: compassionate in Brief

The term 'compassionate' [kəmˈpæʃənət] describes a person who feels or shows sympathy and concern for others. It is often used to describe people who go above and beyond to help others, such as a compassionate nurse or an employer with a compassionate leave policy. 'Compassionate' can be used in phrases like 'show compassion' or 'feel compassion for,' and is the basis for the legal term 'compassionate release.'

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