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Meaning & Definition of Sympathetic in English

English

Sympathetic

/sɪmpəθɛtɪk/

adjective

1. Of or relating to the sympathetic nervous system

  • "Sympathetic neurons"
  • "Sympathetic stimulation"
    synonym:
  • sympathetic

2. 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"
    synonym:
  • sympathetic

3. 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"
    synonym:
  • charitable
  • ,
  • benevolent
  • ,
  • kindly
  • ,
  • sympathetic
  • ,
  • good-hearted
  • ,
  • openhearted
  • ,
  • large-hearted

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

  • "The sympathetic characters in the play"
    synonym:
  • sympathetic
  • ,
  • appealing
  • ,
  • likeable
  • ,
  • likable

5. Having similar disposition and tastes

  • "With their many similar tastes, he found her a most sympathetic companion"
    synonym:
  • sympathetic

6. Relating to vibrations that occur as a result of vibrations in a nearby body

  • "Sympathetic vibration"
    synonym:
  • harmonic
  • ,
  • sympathetic