What does sympathetic mean?

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ˌsɪm pəˈθɛt ɪksym·pa·thet·ic

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sympatheticadjective

    of or relating to the sympathetic nervous system

    "sympathetic neurons"; "sympathetic stimulation"

  2. sympatheticadjective

    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-heartedadjective

    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, likableadjective

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

    "the sympathetic characters in the play"

  5. sympatheticadjective

    having similar disposition and tastes

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

  6. harmonic, sympatheticadjective

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

    "sympathetic vibration"


  1. sympatheticadjective

    of, related to, showing, or characterized by sympathy

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sympatheticadjective

    inclined to sympathy; sympathizing

    Etymology: [See Sympathy, and cf. Pathetic.]

  2. Sympatheticadjective

    produced by, or expressive of, sympathy

    Etymology: [See Sympathy, and cf. Pathetic.]

  3. Sympatheticadjective

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

    Etymology: [See Sympathy, and cf. Pathetic.]

  4. Sympatheticadjective

    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

    Etymology: [See Sympathy, and cf. Pathetic.]

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  1. Adjectives Frequency

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

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  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

Examples of sympathetic in a Sentence

  1. Jeff Flake:

    I haven't called for a halt or a moratorium. So I'm sympathetic to the administration's position here, but instead of blaming people or assuming people are bigots, come out and explain what the vetting process is and I think people will feel more comfortable.

  2. Dan Coats:

    We expect Russia to continue using propaganda, social media, false-flag personas, sympathetic spokesmen and other means to influence, to try to build on its wide range of operations and exacerbate social and political fissures in the United States, there should be no doubt that Russia perceives its past efforts as successful and views the 2018 US midterm elections as a potential target for Russian influence operations.

  3. Isadora Duncan:

    Perhaps he was a bit different from other people, but what really sympathetic person is not a little mad?

  4. 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.

  5. Marta Call:

    We cannot utilize poison to control the populations based on wildlife protections, we have to look at other means of controlling the prairie dogs and keeping them out of the cemetery, because we truly are sympathetic to the issue at hand.

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