Definitions for sympatheticˌsɪm pəˈθɛt ɪk
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
sym•pa•thet•icˌsɪm pəˈθɛt ɪk(adj.)
characterized by, proceeding from, exhibiting, or feeling sympathy; sympathizing; compassionate:
a sympathetic listener.
in harmony with one's tastes, mood, or disposition; congenial:
a sympathetic companion.
looking upon with favor (often fol. by to or toward):
She is sympathetic to the project.
pertaining to that part of the autonomic nervous system that originates in the thoracic and lumbar region of the spinal cord and that regulates involuntary reactions to stress, stimulating the heartbeat, breathing rate, sweating, and other physiological processes.
Category: Anatomy, Physiology
noting or pertaining to vibrations, sounds, etc., produced by a body as the direct result of similar vibrations in a different body.
Origin of sympathetic:
1635–45; < NL sympathēticus < Gk sympathētikós. See sym -, pathetic
of or relating to the sympathetic nervous system
"sympathetic neurons"; "sympathetic stimulation"
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"
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"
sympathetic, appealing, likeable, likable(adj)
(of characters in literature or drama) evoking empathic or sympathetic feelings
"the sympathetic characters in the play"
having similar disposition and tastes
"with their many similar tastes, he found her a most sympathetic companion"
relating to vibrations that occur as a result of vibrations in a nearby body
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
sympathetic(adjective)ˌsɪm pəˈθɛt ɪk
feeling understanding and sorrow for sb's problems
a sympathetic listener; It's hard to feel sympathetic toward him.
sympatheticˌsɪm pəˈθɛt ɪk
feeling support for sth
local leaders who are sympathetic to the ruling party; "I'm so sorry," he said sympathetically.
of, related to, showing, or characterized by sympathy
inclined to sympathy; sympathizing
produced by, or expressive of, sympathy
produced by sympathy; -- applied particularly to symptoms or affections. See Sympathy
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
Translations for sympathetic
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
(negative unsympathetic ) showing or feeling sympathy
She was very sympathetic when I failed my exam; a sympathetic smile.
- solidárioPortuguese (BR)
- soucitný; milýCzech
- που δείχνει κατανόησηGreek
- compasivo; comprensivoSpanish
- compatissant; de sympathieFrench
- सहानुभूतिशील, अनुकूल, सहृदय, अनुकंपी, सहानुवर्ती, अनुनादि, करूण, कारूणिक, अदृश्य गुप्त, अनुसंवेदितHindi
- suosjećajan, samilostanCroatian
- samúðarfullur, skilningsríkurIcelandic
- užjaučiantis, simpatizuojantis, simpatiškasLithuanian
- līdzjūtīgs; saprotošsLatvian
- forståelsesfull, medfølendeNorwegian
- współczujący, wyrozumiałyPolish
- زړه سواندPashto
- înţelegător; de simpatieRomanian
- súcitný; prívetivýSlovak
- full av medkänsla (förståelse)Swedish
- anlayış gösteren, sempatikTurkish
- 有同情心的Chinese (Trad.)
- сповнений співчуттяUkrainian
- thông cảm, đồng cảmVietnamese
- 有同情心的Chinese (Simp.)
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