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Meaning of compassionate

com•pas•sion•ate

Pronunciation: (adj.kum-pash'u-nitv.kum-pash'u-nāt&sec), [key]
— adj., v., -at•ed, -at•ing.
—adj.
  1. having or showing compassion: a compassionate person; a compassionate letter.
  2. granted in an emergency: compassionate military leave granted to attend a funeral.
  3. pitiable.
—v.t.
  1. to have compassion for; pity.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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