AskDefine | Define sympathetic

Dictionary Definition

sympathetic adj
1 of or relating to the sympathetic nervous system; "sympathetic neurons"; "sympathetic stimulation"
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" [ant: unsympathetic]
3 having similar disposition and tastes; "a compatible married couple"; "with their many similar tastes, he found her a most sympathetic companion" [syn: compatible]
4 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" [syn: charitable, kindly, large-hearted]
5 (of characters in literature or drama) evoking empathic or sympathetic feelings; "the sympathetic characters in the play" [syn: appealing, likeable, likable] [ant: unsympathetic]
6 relating to vibrations that occur as a result of vibrations in a nearby body; "sympathetic vibration" [syn: harmonic]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /ˌsɪmpəˈθɛtɪk/
    Rhymes: -ɛtɪk


  1. of, related to, showing, or characterized by sympathy


of, related to, showing, or characterized by sympathy

Extensive Definition

The word sympathetic means different things in different contexts.
sympathetic in Hungarian: Szimpatikus

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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