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English definition of “compassionate”


adjective     /kəmˈpæʃ.ən.ət/ approving
showing compassion: The public's response to the crisis appeal was generous and compassionate.Sympathy and compassion compassionately     /-li/ adverb
(Definition of compassionate adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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