So to say, to have emotions, care, feel sympathy/empathy, and show interest.
Often confused to mean that something deserves pity.
Bully: haha! Whatcha gonna do about it?
Guy: knock it off!
(school counselor hears this)
(guy punches bully I'm split second that counselor isn't looking)
girl: thank you! That was very brave.
Counselor: good job kid! That was very pathetic of you!
"what a stud, he's such a richard!"
YOU ARE PATHETIC.