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Dictionary definition for: Sympathetic

1. (a) of or relating to the sympathetic nervous system; "sympathetic neurons" "sympathetic stimulation"

2. (a) 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. (s) having similar disposition and tastes; "a compatible married couple" "with their many similar tastes, he found her a most sympathetic companion"

4. (s) 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"

5. (a) (of characters in literature or drama) evoking empathic or sympathetic feelings; "the sympathetic characters in the play"

6. (s) relating to vibrations that occur as a result of vibrations in a nearby body; "sympathetic vibration"

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