Adjective "sympathetic" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Feeling, showing, or expressing sympathy.
  1. 'he spoke in a sympathetic tone'
  2. 'Both of the controllers were understanding and sympathetic toward me, perhaps more than I deserved.'
  3. 'She is advised by a friend to visit a sympathetic doctor and make up ‘a fearful fib about a potty aunt’ in order to convince the psychiatrist that she is mentally unstable.'
  4. 'Rine decided these were not the friendly, sympathetic guards she and the duke had encountered earlier.'
  5. 'Perhaps he should have been more sympathetic toward them.'
  6. 'The comrades were too sympathetic or polite to express alarm that he's only just realised.'
  7. 'This has happened at other stores and usually the most sympathetic person is the sales clerk, who feels guilty that I can't try on the clothes.'
  8. 'I knew Anikei was more sympathetic toward Pavel than anybody else was.'
  9. 'He gave me a sympathetic smile and wiped away the tears from my face.'
  10. 'It would also release more time for doctors, who would no longer need to cope with people presenting illness as a cover for their real aim - the chance to talk to a sympathetic person about their personal problems.'
  11. 'The Minister also appeared to have taken a sympathetic approach towards the problems faced by medical college doctors.'
  12. 'They sought to weed out those who opposed capital punishment or were apparently too sympathetic toward an insanity defense.'
  13. 'I'm sympathetic with the president's desire to let people have ownership.'
  14. 'Though sympathetic to the aims of antiwar activists who emerged from each of these groups, his assessment is equivocal and, in some places, muddled.'
  15. 'Let's hope that Bradford MP Gerry Sutcliffe, whose ministerial responsibilities now include fireworks, is sympathetic to that view.'
  16. 'Some commentators, particularly those sympathetic to postmodernist thought, have argued against a notion of difference based on experiential diversity.'
  17. 'This was to have an impact on his political strategy: though sympathetic to some of the aims of both the French Revolution and the United Irishmen, he retained a strong aversion to political violence.'
  18. 'This patronising attitude only serves to alienate potential members who might otherwise be sympathetic to socialist ideas.'
  19. 'By now, Begin was somewhat sympathetic to a diplomatic solution but he also believed in the use of force to protect Israel.'
  20. 'Before you started your research, had you been sympathetic toward the idea of antidepressants?'
  21. 'I'm sympathetic to the argument that control over access to the Internet might be abused.'
(of a person) attracting the liking of others.
  1. 'Because they have cultivated, or had cultivated for them, this image of a sympathetic people, they are terrified of appearing to offend anybody, even if this means losing some of their sovereignty.'
  2. 'She doesn't come across as a very sympathetic character.'
  3. 'His lifestyle was too threatening, his irresponsibility too damning to make him sympathetic.'
  4. 'Rhodes constructs a sympathetic portrait of Audubon and places him in his historical and cultural context.'
  5. 'Top that off, most of the sympathetic characters are hippies and you have a movie with pretty progressive values.'
  6. 'Played to perfection by Rebecca Northan, who delivers an expertly layered performance, Kelly becomes the most captivating and sympathetic character in the play.'
  7. 'Giving Foyle an array of personal problems makes him a much more sympathetic character, too.'
  8. 'Most importantly, Shuuya is far from the only sympathetic character, with at least two other people seemingly having no intention of playing the game by the close of this first volume.'
  9. 'I'm sure the writers will protest that discussing issues like this, using sympathetic characters, helps educate others in similar situations.'
  10. 'Without glossing over the more reprehensible elements in Sade's temperament, Rush succeeds in making him into a sympathetic character.'
  11. 'buildings that were sympathetic to their surroundings'
  12. 'The home had been plagued by numerous remodels, ‘none of which were sympathetic to the original design,’ he explains.'
  13. 'But architect Malcolm Payne said the design was very sympathetic and would open up new views of York Minster.'
  14. 'The fragment in the museum is smaller than the repeat, so the designers at Brunschwig et Fils were called upon to finish the original design in a sympathetic way.'
  15. 'As for the proposal, the stark image of the piazza is hardly sympathetic to the trees already on the bank of the Foss.'
  16. 'The proposed new development is sympathetic to the existing church structure, but recognises the need to differentiate this new building from the old one.'
  17. 'The plans, likely to cost around £1m, would be sympathetic to existing features of the park, retaining football playing fields and working around recently planted trees.'
  18. 'Sevenoaks Council said its planners feel the design takes into account the town plan and is sympathetic to the surroundings.'
Relating to or denoting the part of the autonomic nervous system consisting of nerves arising from ganglia near the middle part of the spinal cord, supplying the internal organs, blood vessels, and glands, and balancing the action of the parasympathetic nerves.
  1. 'The autonomic nervous system consists of two opposing systems, the sympathetic and the parasympathetic nervous systems.'
  2. 'The two main ganglionic trunks of the sympathetic nervous system are the cervical and lumbar trunks.'
  3. 'The changes finally become so extensive that almost every tissue, except the skin, the central nervous system and the sympathetic ganglions, is affected.'
  4. 'Such a practice helps harmonize two hemispheres of the brain and the two aspects of autonomous nervous system viz. sympathetic and parasympathetic.'
  5. 'This 10-second delay is more in keeping with the behavior of the sympathetic than the parasympathetic nervous system.'
  6. 'They also subdue signals from the sympathetic nervous system and inhibit deleterious overgrowth of damaged heart muscle.'
  7. 'If the sympathetic nervous system is damaged, however, the blood vessels do not constrict and blood pressure progressively decreases.'
  8. 'The outer layer of blood vessels contains nerves of the sympathetic component of the autonomic nervous system, the activity of which is controlled by the brain.'
  9. 'Ganglioneuroma is a benign tumor of the sympathetic nervous system that rarely produces symptoms of endocrine dysfunction.'
  10. 'The sympathetic nerve supply to the lung arises in the upper six thoracic segments of the spinal cord.'
Relating to, producing, or denoting an effect which arises in response to a similar action elsewhere.


    1. characterized by, proceeding from, exhibiting, or feeling sympathy; sympathizing; compassionate: a sympathetic listener.

    2. acting or affected by, of the nature of, or pertaining to a special affinity or mutual relationship; congenial: With their many similar tastes, he found her a most sympathetic companion.

    3. looking upon with favor (often followed by to or toward): She is sympathetic to the project.

    4. Anatomy, Physiology. pertaining to that part of the autonomic ne

    More examples(as adjective)

    "people can be sympathetic to people."

    "people can be sympathetic to ideas."

    "states can be sympathetic to governments."

    "people can be sympathetic to problems."

    "governors can be sympathetic to concerns."

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    Mid 17th century (in the sense ‘relating to an affinity or paranormal influence’, as in sympathetic magic): from sympathy, on the pattern of pathetic.