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1sympathetic

adjective sym·pa·thet·ic \ˌsim-pə-ˈthe-tik\

: feeling or showing concern about someone who is in a bad situation : having or showing feelings of sympathy

: having or showing support for or approval of something

: having pleasant or appealing qualities : causing feelings of sympathy

Full Definition of SYMPATHETIC

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:  existing or operating through an affinity, interdependence, or mutual association
2
a :  appropriate to one's mood, inclinations, or disposition
b :  marked by kindly or pleased appreciation <the biographer's approach was sympathetic>
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:  given to, marked by, or arising from sympathy, compassion, friendliness, and sensitivity to others' emotions <a sympathetic gesture>
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:  favorably inclined :  approving <not sympathetic to the idea>
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a :  showing empathy
b :  arousing sympathy or compassion <a sympathetic role in the play>
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a :  of or relating to the sympathetic nervous system
b :  mediated by or acting on the sympathetic nerves
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:  relating to musical tones produced by sympathetic vibration or to strings so tuned as to sound by sympathetic vibration
sym·pa·thet·i·cal·ly \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of SYMPATHETIC

  1. He received much help from sympathetic friends.
  2. I didn't find the hero in the movie very sympathetic.

Origin of SYMPATHETIC

New Latin sympatheticus, from Latin sympathia sympathy
First Known Use: 1644

2sympathetic

noun

Definition of SYMPATHETIC

:  a sympathetic structure; especially :  sympathetic nervous system

First Known Use of SYMPATHETIC

1808

Other Anatomy Terms

bilateral symmetry, carotid, cartilage, dorsal, entrails, prehensile, renal, solar plexus, supine, thoracic, ventral

Rhymes with SYMPATHETIC

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