Definition of compassionate adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//kəmˈpæʃənət//
; NAmE NAmE//kəmˈpæʃənət//
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feeling or showing sympathy for people who are suffering Politicians are not usually regarded as warm or compassionate people. He was allowed to go home on compassionate grounds (= because he was suffering). See related entries: Friendly Word Originlate 16th cent.: from compassion + -ate, influenced by archaic French compassioné ‘feeling pity’.Extra examples Are these the actions of a compassionate and caring society? He was granted compassionate leave to visit his mother in hospital. She sought permission to travel to relatives in Chile on compassionate grounds.
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