What does sympathetic mean?

Definitions for sympatheticˌsɪm pəˈθɛt ɪk

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word sympathetic.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. sympathetic(adj)

    of or relating to the sympathetic nervous system

    "sympathetic neurons"; "sympathetic stimulation"

  2. sympathetic(adj)

    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"

  3. charitable, benevolent, kindly, sympathetic, good-hearted, openhearted, large-hearted(adj)

    showing or motivated by sympathy and understanding and generosity

    "was charitable in his opinions of others"; "kindly criticism"; "a kindly act"; "sympathetic words"; "a large-hearted mentor"

  4. sympathetic, appealing, likeable, likable(adj)

    (of characters in literature or drama) evoking empathic or sympathetic feelings

    "the sympathetic characters in the play"

  5. sympathetic(adj)

    having similar disposition and tastes

    "with their many similar tastes, he found her a most sympathetic companion"

  6. harmonic, sympathetic(adj)

    relating to vibrations that occur as a result of vibrations in a nearby body

    "sympathetic vibration"


  1. sympathetic(Adjective)

    of, related to, showing, or characterized by sympathy

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sympathetic(adj)

    inclined to sympathy; sympathizing

  2. Sympathetic(adj)

    produced by, or expressive of, sympathy

  3. Sympathetic(adj)

    produced by sympathy; -- applied particularly to symptoms or affections. See Sympathy

  4. Sympathetic(adj)

    of or relating to the sympathetic nervous system or some of its branches; produced by stimulation on the sympathetic nervious system or some part of it; as, the sympathetic saliva, a modified form of saliva, produced from some of the salivary glands by stimulation of a sympathetic nerve fiber

  5. Origin: [See Sympathy, and cf. Pathetic.]

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sympathetic' in Adjectives Frequency: #753


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sympathetic in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sympathetic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Euripides:

    Man's best possession is a sympathetic wife.

  2. Jennifer Tilly:

    Don't point out your flaws, because the world is not as sympathetic and nurturing as you think.

  3. Russell Collins:

    We were happy to play a role to support the colleagues we work with at Sony and be sympathetic with their great difficulty to exhibit the film.

  4. Tara Grove:

    You know courts are influenced to some degree by the facts of the case, it's just good lawyering to make sure you have clients who are sympathetic.

  5. Henry Ward Beecher:

    We not only live among men, but there are airy hosts, blessed spectators, sympathetic lookers-on, that see and know and appreciate our thoughts and feelings and acts.

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