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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishcompassionatecom‧pas‧sion‧ate /kəmˈpæʃənət/ ●○○ adjective  SYMPATHIZEfeeling sympathy for people who are suffering a caring compassionate man I allowed him to go home on compassionate grounds. One measure of a civilized and compassionate society is how well it treats its prison population.see thesaurus at sympatheticcompassionately adverb
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compassionateIt is essential that assessment in a Catholic school should be compassionate.Bill Clinton is seen as more compassionate.In those switched-off moods he was no longer loving, no longer amusing, no longer thoughtful or considerate or gentlemanly or compassionate.A compassionate act comes out of a compassionate feeling.The caring and compassionate are also capable of being utterly ruthless, as Mrs Williams was sometimes claimed to be.Critics worry that compassionate conservatism involves subcontracting social welfare to nutty evangelicals.The church has inspired countless compassionate men and women to help the needy in times of famine, war, and plague.We must try to create a more caring, more compassionate society.Our city has earned a reputation as a place where government is compassionate toward the poor and disadvantaged.If they are confident and compassionate, we are uplifted and encouraged.Alice was a compassionate woman who wanted to save children from violence and poverty.
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