Definitions for sympatheticˌsɪm pəˈθɛt ɪk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

sym•pa•thet•icˌsɪm pəˈθɛt ɪk(adj.)

  1. characterized by, proceeding from, exhibiting, or feeling sympathy; sympathizing; compassionate:

    a sympathetic listener.

  2. in harmony with one's tastes, mood, or disposition; congenial:

    a sympathetic companion.

  3. looking upon with favor (often fol. by to or toward):

    She is sympathetic to the project.

  4. 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

  5. noting or pertaining to vibrations, sounds, etc., produced by a body as the direct result of similar vibrations in a different body.

    Category: Physics

Origin of sympathetic:

1635–45; < NL sympathēticus < Gk sympathētikós. See sym -, pathetic


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"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. sympathetic(adjective)ˌsɪm pəˈθɛt ɪk

    feeling understanding and sorrow for sb's problems

    a sympathetic listener; It's hard to feel sympathetic toward him.

  2. sympatheticˌsɪm pəˈθɛt ɪk

    feeling support for sth

    local leaders who are sympathetic to the ruling party; "I'm so sorry," he said sympathetically.


  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

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

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

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.

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