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sympathetic

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

Simple Definition of sympathetic

  • : 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

  1. 1 :  existing or operating through an affinity, interdependence, or mutual association

  2. 2a :  appropriate to one's mood, inclinations, or dispositionb :  marked by kindly or pleased appreciation <the biographer's approach was sympathetic>

  3. 3 :  given to, marked by, or arising from sympathy, compassion, friendliness, and sensitivity to others' emotions <a sympathetic gesture>

  4. 4 :  favorably inclined :  approving <not sympathetic to the idea>

  5. 5a :  showing empathyb :  arousing sympathy or compassion <a sympathetic role in the play>

  6. 6a :  of or relating to the sympathetic nervous systemb :  mediated by or acting on the sympathetic nerves

  7. 7 :  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 play \-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


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sympathetic

noun sym·pa·thet·ic

Definition of sympathetic

  1. :  a sympathetic structure; especially :  sympathetic nervous system



1808

First Known Use of sympathetic

1808


SYMPATHETIC Defined for Kids

sympathetic

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

Definition of sympathetic

  1. 1 :  feeling or showing care or understanding <I received help from sympathetic friends.>

  2. 2 :  feeling favorable <They're not sympathetic to the idea.>

sym·pa·thet·i·cal·ly \-ti-kə-lē\ adverb <She listened sympathetically.>




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