Sympathetic meaning

sĭmpə-thĕtĭk
The definition of sympathetic is feeling compassion for someone or a situation, or connected by a mutual feeling or passion.

An example of sympathetic is a person who feels badly for a friend who lost her job.

An example of sympathetic is a person who connects to another because of a shared passion for environmentalism.

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Showing favor, approval, or agreement.

To be sympathetic to a plan.

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Of, expressing, feeling, or resulting from sympathy.

A sympathetic glance.

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Agreeably suited to one's disposition or mood; congenial.

Sympathetic surroundings.

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Relating to, expressing, feeling, or resulting from sympathy.

A sympathetic glance.

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(physiol.) Designating or of that part of the autonomic nervous system whose nerves originate in the lumbar and thoracic regions of the spinal cord and that is especially concerned with mediating the involuntary response to alarm, as by speeding the heart rate, raising the blood pressure, and dilating the pupils of the eyes: these nerves oppose the parasympathetic nerves in the regulation of many body processes.
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(physics, acoustics) Designating or of vibrations, sounds, etc. caused by other vibrations of the same period transmitted from a neighboring vibrating body.
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Favorably inclined.

Not at all sympathetic to the proposal.

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Agreeably suited to one's disposition or mood; congenial.

Sympathetic surroundings.

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Relating to or acting on the sympathetic nervous system.

A sympathetic neuron; sympathetic stimulation.

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Of, related to, showing, or characterized by sympathy.

John looked very upset. I gave him a sympathetic look.

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Of or relating to similarity.

Sympathetic magic is based on imitation or correspondence.

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Favorably inclined.

Not at all sympathetic to her proposal.

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Of, relating to, or acting on the sympathetic nervous system.

A sympathetic neuron; sympathetic stimulation.

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Of, expressing, resulting from, feeling, or showing sympathy; sympathizing.
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In agreement with one's tastes, mood, feelings, disposition, etc.; congenial.
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Origin of sympathetic

  • Greek sumpathētikos from sumpatheia sympathy sympathy

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition