I. adjective Etymology: New Latin sympatheticus, from Latin sympathia sympathy Date: 1644 1. existing or operating through an affinity, interdependence, or mutual association 2. a. appropriate to one's mood, inclinations, or disposition b. marked by kindly or pleased appreciation <
the biographer's approach was sympathetic
3. given to, marked by, or arising from sympathy, compassion, friendliness, and sensitivity to others' emotions <
a sympathetic gesture
4. favorably inclined ; approving <
not sympathetic to the idea
5. a. showing empathy b. arousing sympathy or compassion <
a sympathetic role in the play
6. a. of or relating to the sympathetic nervous system b. mediated by or acting on the sympathetic nerves 7. relating to musical tones produced by sympathetic vibration or to strings so tuned as to sound by sympathetic vibration • sympathetically adverb II. noun Date: 1808 a sympathetic structure; especially sympathetic nervous system

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