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1. Feeling or showing compassion; sympathetic.
2. Granted to an individual because of an emergency or other unusual circumstances: compassionate military leave.
tr.v. (-nāt′) com·pas·sion·at·ed, com·pas·sion·at·ing, com·pas·sion·ates
To pity.

com·pas′sion·ate·ly adv.
com·pas′sion·ate·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.compassionateness - a deep awareness of and sympathy for another's sufferingcompassionateness - a deep awareness of and sympathy for another's suffering
heartstrings - your deepest feelings of love and compassion; "many adoption cases tug at the heartstrings"
fellow feeling, sympathy - sharing the feelings of others (especially feelings of sorrow or anguish)
tenderheartedness, tenderness - warm compassionate feelings
mercifulness, mercy - the feeling that motivates compassion