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eg.

Because he hadn't done much of the homework, his confusion wasn't very deserving of sympathy.

That character was always so cruel, his death didn't inspire any sympathy.

Anyone know one word that can be substituted in there? Thanks!

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  • Personally I would probably go with what you've got.
    – dwjohnston
    Jun 24, 2015 at 2:32
  • I do prefer the second original one to all the answers because of the inclusion of the word "any" (and "inspire" reads well). It reinforces that there is not one iota of sympathy rather than very little. It is hard to get that across in the same sentence in the same way using the answers.
    – Avon
    Jun 24, 2015 at 15:01

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Perhaps

Pitiable
adjective
1. deserving or arousing pity.
(Google)

"Because he hadn't done much of the homework, his confusion wasn't very pitiable."

"That character was always so cruel, his death wasn't pitiable."

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  • Or its synonym lamentable. Upvote.
    – Tushar Raj
    Jun 24, 2015 at 14:43
  • @TusharRaj lamentable's good. I'd upvote that.
    – Avon
    Jun 24, 2015 at 14:48
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Heartbreaking:

adjective

Causing overwhelming distress; very upsetting:
ODO

Because he hadn't done much of the homework, his confusion wasn't very heartbreaking.

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  • To be heartbroken and to feel sympathy for someone else are pretty different things, don't you think?
    – Tushar Raj
    Jun 24, 2015 at 14:02
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    I agree. I think it's probably a little too strong. I can sympathize with someone without being distressed or upset at their predicament.
    – Avon
    Jun 24, 2015 at 14:05
  • Agreed, but the context of negation welcomes a touch of embellishment :-)
    – ScotM
    Jun 24, 2015 at 16:25
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Pitiable or pathetic would be appropriate.

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emphasized text> Hapless
Use the adjective hapless to describe someone unlucky and deserving of pity.

  • deserving or inciting pity
  • “a hapless victim

Usage examples-

The Astros were a team which for years had been a hapless loser - ForbesJun 16, 2015

More than 900 died, most of them hapless young Argentine soldiers - Washington Post, 2015
(Vocabulary.com)

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http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/us/definition/american_english/commiseration

Commiseration

Sympathy and sorrow for the misfortunes of others; compassion

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  • You answer would be improved with an example of it's usage.
    – dwjohnston
    Jun 24, 2015 at 2:32
  • "Commiserable" to fit the examples?
    – Avon
    Jun 24, 2015 at 11:09
  • @dwjohnston Should be its not it's. "There was no commiseration when he died."
    – ThomasDoe
    Jun 25, 2015 at 13:01
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"That character was always so cruel, his death caused no bereavement."

  • bereavement - (noun) the condition of having been deprived of something or someone valued, esp through death. TFD

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