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Adjective: sympathetic  ,sim-pu'the-tik
  1. Expressing or feeling or resulting from sympathy or compassion or friendly fellow feelings; disposed toward
    "sympathetic to the students' cause"; "a sympathetic observer"; "a sympathetic gesture"
  2. (physiology) of or relating to the sympathetic nervous system
    "sympathetic neurons"; "sympathetic stimulation"
  3. (of characters in literature or drama) evoking empathic or sympathetic feelings
    "the sympathetic characters in the play";
    - appealing, likeable, likable
  4. Showing or motivated by sympathy, understanding, and generosity
    "sympathetic words";
    - charitable, benevolent, kindly, good-hearted, openhearted, large-hearted
  5. Having similar disposition and tastes
    "with their many similar tastes, he found her a most sympathetic companion"
  6. Relating to vibrations that occur as a result of vibrations in a nearby body
    "sympathetic vibration";
    - harmonic

See also: commiserative, compassionate, condolent, congenial, empathetic, empathic, harmonious, kind, similar

Antonym: unsympathetic

Encyclopedia: Sympathetic