Definition of sympathetic
- the biographer's approach was sympathetic
- a sympathetic gesture
- not sympathetic to the idea
- a sympathetic role in the play
He received much help from sympathetic friends.
I didn't find the hero in the movie very sympathetic.
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: 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
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