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1.
Inclined to pity or mercy.
Thesaurus: benevolent, supportive, charitable, sympathetic, tender, humane, caring, feeling, indulgent, lenient; Antonym: cold-hearted. Merciful. (from AllWords.com)
"HELPFUL" is not in 'compassionate'definition.This word has been carefully selected to be associated to conservatism.
Bush compassionate conservatism
by Roger Lemaitre September 15, 2005
 
2.
Able to understand people's feelings from personal experience.
The old widow was compassionate when she heard about death,because of her husband.
by SomeoneNew August 20, 2011