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3 definitions found
 for sympathetic
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Sympathetic \Sym`pa*thet"ic\, a. [See Sympathy, and cf.
     Pathetic.]
     1. Inclined to sympathy; sympathizing.
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              Far wiser he, whose sympathetic mind
              Exults in all the good of all mankind. --Goldsmith.
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     2. Produced by, or expressive of, sympathy.
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              Ope the sacred source of sympathetic tears. --Gray.
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     3. (Physiol.)
        (a) Produced by sympathy; -- applied particularly to
            symptoms or affections. See Sympathy.
        (b) 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.
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     Sympathetic ink. (Chem.) See under Ink.
  
     Sympathetic nerve (Anat.), any nerve of the sympathetic
        system; especially, the axial chain of ganglions and
        nerves belonging to the sympathetic system.
  
     Sympathetic powder (Alchemy), a kind of powder long
        supposed to be able to cure a wound if applied to the
        weapon that inflicted it, or even to a portion of the
        bloody clothes. --Dunglison.
  
     Sympathetic sounds (Physics), sounds produced from solid
        bodies by means of vibrations which have been communicated
        to them from some other sounding body, by means of the air
        or an intervening solid.
  
     Sympathetic system (Anat.), a system of nerves and nerve
        ganglions connected with the alimentary canal, the
        vascular system, and the glandular organs of most
        vertebrates, and controlling more or less their actions.
        The axial part of the system and its principal ganglions
        and nerves are situated in the body cavity and form a
        chain of ganglions on each side of the vertebral column
        connected with numerous other ganglions and nerve
        plexuses.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  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: 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, benevolent,
         kindly, sympathetic, good-hearted, openhearted,
         large-hearted]
      4: (of characters in literature or drama) evoking empathic or
         sympathetic feelings; "the sympathetic characters in the
         play" [syn: sympathetic, appealing, likeable,
         likable] [ant: unappealing, unlikable, unlikeable,
         unsympathetic]
      5: having similar disposition and tastes; "with their many
         similar tastes, he found her a most sympathetic companion"
      6: relating to vibrations that occur as a result of vibrations
         in a nearby body; "sympathetic vibration" [syn: harmonic,
         sympathetic]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  155 Moby Thesaurus words for "sympathetic":
     Christian, Christlike, Christly, accordant, adductive,
     affectionate, affinitive, agreeable, agreeing, akin, allergic,
     alluring, amenable, amicable, anaphylactic, appertaining,
     associative, assuring, at one, attracting, attractive, attrahent,
     attuned, benign, benignant, bleeding, brotherly, charitable,
     cheering, clement, comforting, commiserative, comparable,
     comparative, compassionate, compatible, comprehending, concordant,
     condolatory, condolent, condoling, congenial, congruous,
     connective, consistent, consolatory, consoling, correlative,
     corresponding, decent, delicate, dragging, drawing, emotionable,
     empathetic, empathic, en rapport, encouraging, favorable,
     favorably disposed, forbearant, fraternal, frictionless, friendly,
     gentle, good, goosy, gracious, harmonious, heartening, hospitable,
     human, humane, hyperesthetic, hyperpathic, hypersensitive,
     impressionable, in accord, in concert, in rapport, in tune,
     inharmony, irritable, itchy, kind, kindhearted, kindly,
     kindly-disposed, lenient, like-minded, linking, loving, magnetic,
     magnetized, melting, merciful, nervous, nice, of good comfort,
     of one mind, open, open-minded, overrefined, oversensible,
     oversensitive, overtender, passible, peaceful, pertaining,
     pertinent, pitying, pleasant, prickly, proportionable,
     proportional, proportionate, pulling, reassuring, receptive,
     referable, referring, refined, relating, relational, relative,
     relieving, responsive, ruthful, sensible, sensitive, sib,
     simpatico, skittish, soft, softhearted, supersensitive, supportive,
     susceptible, sympathizing, tactful, tender, tenderhearted, tetchy,
     thin-skinned, ticklish, together, touchy, tugging, understanding,
     united, warm, warmhearted, well-disposed, well-intentioned,
     well-meaning
  
  

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