|1.||[ adjective ] (physiology; anatomy) or relating to the sympathetic nervous system|
"sympathetic neurons" "sympathetic stimulation"
|Related terms:||anatomy physiology sympathetic_nervous_system|
|2.||[ adjective ] 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"
|Related terms:||unsympathetic kind empathic commiserative congenial compassionate|
|3.||[ adjective ] having similar disposition and tastes|
"a compatible married couple" "with their many similar tastes, he found her a most sympathetic companion"
|4.||[ adjective ] showing or motivated by sympathy and understanding and generosity|
|Synonyms:||kindly large-hearted charitable|
"was charitable in his opinions of others" "kindly criticism" "a kindly act" "sympathetic words" "a large-hearted mentor"
|5.||[ adjective ] showing or motivated by sympathy and understanding|
"was charitable in his opinions of others" "kindly criticism" "a kindly act" "sympathetic words"
|6.||[ adjective ] (of characters in literature or drama) evoking empathic or sympathetic feelings|
|Synonyms:||appealing likable likeable|
"the sympathetic characters in the play"
|Related terms:||unsympathetic drama|
|7.||[ adjective ] (music) relating to vibrations that occur as a result of vibrations in a nearby body|