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Definition of "sympathetic" []

  • Of, expressing, feeling, or resulting from sympathy: a sympathetic glance. (adjective)
  • Favorably inclined: not at all sympathetic to her proposal. (adjective)
  • Agreeably suited to one's disposition or mood; congenial: sympathetic surroundings. (adjective)
  • Of, relating to, or acting on the sympathetic nervous system: a sympathetic neuron; sympathetic stimulation. (adjective)
  • Relating to or being vibrations, especially musical tones, produced in one body by energy from a nearby vibrating body and having the same frequency as the vibration of the nearby body. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "sympathetic" in a sentence
  • "A biographer should be sympathetic; not blind, not indulgent, but _sympathetic_."
  • "Fandral, his expression sympathetic, interjected, You are weary, Hamuul, and I have been remiss in my treatment of you."
  • "The suit glanced over, his expression sympathetic."