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Definitions of sympathetic

  1. showing or motivated by sympathy and understanding; " was charitable in his opinions of others"; " kindly criticism"; " a kindly act"; " sympathetic words"
  2. ( physiology; anatomy) of or relating to the sympathetic nervous system; " sympathetic neurons"; " sympathetic stimulation"
  3. 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"
  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"
  5. Congenial.
  6. Inclined to sympathy; sympathizing.
  7. Produced by, or expressive of, sympathy.
  8. Produced by sympathy; -- applied particularly to symptoms or affections. See Sympathy.
  9. Of or relating to the sympathetic nervous system or some of its branches; produced by stimulation on the sympathetic nervious system or some part of it; as, the sympathetic saliva, a modified form of saliva, produced from some of the salivary glands by stimulation of a sympathetic nerve fiber.
  10. Resulting from, or expressive of, fellow- feeling or similar feelings; being in harmony with; congenial; as, sympathetic tastes.
  11. Sympathetically.
  12. Feeling sympathy; produced by sympathy.
  13. Pertaining to sympathy.
  14. Having a fellow- feeling for others.
  15. Sympathetical.
  16. Sympatheticly.
  17. Pertaining to or expressing sympathy; having common feeling with another; susceptible of being affected by feelings like those of another; produced by sympathy; inducing sympathy. Sympathetic ink, an ink which makes no mark upon the paper until it is heated.
  18. The system of nerves supplying the viscera and blood - vessels, and intimately connected with the spinal and some cerebral nerves; coloration in imitation of surroundings.

Usage examples for sympathetic

  1. The young doctor gazed at the pretty sympathetic face with no little pleasure, as he saw its troubled look, and the tears rising in the eyes. – The Star-Gazers by George Manville Fenn
  2. Grace gave a sympathetic shake of her head. – Undo-a-Novel-By-Joe-Hutsko by Hutsko, Joe
  3. Phil gave a little, sympathetic cry and put her hand on the girl's shoulder. – Madge Morton, Captain of the Merry Maid by Amy D. V. Chalmers
  4. Corny was always real good to me when I have been at Glenfield, added the fair girl, and she actually shed some sympathetic tears as she thought of his wounded shoulder. – Within The Enemy's Lines SERIES: The Blue and the Gray--Afloat by Oliver Optic
  5. She grasped his hand in a quick sympathetic movement that she seemed instantly to regret. – The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux
  6. Run along and do the sympathetic V. A. D. touch! – A Diary Without Dates by Enid Bagnold
  7. The audience was sympathetic, but impatient. – The Idol of Paris by Sarah Bernhardt
  8. Sympathetic reactions could not be elicited. – Studies in Forensic Psychiatry by Bernard Glueck
  9. The nurse was very sympathetic. – The Desert of Wheat by Zane Grey
  10. The solemn stranger was very sympathetic and inquired what was the name of the man who had been killed, and whether he was married. – The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressell
  11. He always had the fighting edge, yet could be as tender and sympathetic as any one. – The Last Harvest by John Burroughs
  12. He remains in this position a moment, and then, with a sigh of relief and rest, looks upon the sympathetic faces of the people about him, with almost a smile on his face. – Dramatic Technique by George Pierce Baker
  13. If it were not a failure, Madame Foa would not be so sympathetic. – The Lion's Share by E. Arnold Bennett
  14. " No," I said softly, for the woman's voice sounded so pleasant and sympathetic that I wanted her to stay. – Burr Junior by G. Manville Fenn
  15. There had always been something fine and sweet in the Southern woman, something sympathetic in her touch, in the tone of her voice even when she said cynical things. – Together by Robert Herrick (1868-1938)
  16. Nataly was not so sympathetic. – One of Our Conquerors, Complete by George Meredith Last Updated: March 7, 2009
  17. This gave him a more intimate knowledge and sympathetic understanding of a child's difficulties. – Report of the Special Committee on Moral Delinquency in Children and Adolescents The Mazengarb Report (1954) by Oswald Chettle Mazengarb et al.
  18. I had never seen any one so dear, so sympathetic. – The Nest, The White Pagoda, The Suicide, A Forsaken Temple, Miss Jones and The Masterpiece by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  19. " I always thought her pretty, and one of the best and most sympathetic girls whom I had ever met," said Nikolai, with the emphasis with which men praise girls with whom they feel themselves in the wrong. – Boris Lensky by Ossip Schubin
  20. She feared even Victoria, her own daughter and my sister; but a woman, very pretty and sympathetic, who would be only twenty- eight when I was eighteen, must have seemed to her mind the greatest peril of all. – The King's Mirror by Anthony Hope
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