Definition of 'sympathetic'
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We found that people are generally sympathetic if they understand that your business is worth supporting. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Your being responsible may make them sympathetic. The Sun (2010)We have our sympathetic characters doing unsympathetic things and vice versa. Times, Sunday Times (2010)To have an understanding and sympathetic woman caring about me was wonderful. The Sun (2016)He has an incisive but sympathetic way with him. Times, Sunday Times (2009)Lots of people are only too pleased to find a sympathetic ear. The Sun (2009)The new lead has to be a sympathetic character. The Sun (2009)She said she wished my uncle was more understanding and sympathetic like me. The Sun (2013)Call on the relative and friend you find most sympathetic and ask for help. The Sun (2012)Olive is not an easily liked or sympathetic character who courts or flatters the audience. Times, Sunday Times (2014)My mum is a sufferer and was completely sympathetic and understanding. The Sun (2012)It was right to put in place people broadly sympathetic to the views of the government they were serving. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Over the past five years the two princes have been portrayed as sympathetic people with similar interests to the rest of us. Times, Sunday Times (2012)The sympathetic nervous system uses it, when we are subjected to stress. Lower Your Blood Pressure in 4 Easy Stages (1989)The application is being submitted today, and it deserves a sympathetic hearing. Times, Sunday Times (2014)She may feel sympathetic but she won't be critical. The Sun (2011)Consequently, they do not get a sympathetic hearing. Bad Food Britain (2006)At least the company's worsening outlook should encourage a sympathetic hearing from the regulator. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Some people were sympathetic to them, some were just afraid. Times, Sunday Times (2016)I am sympathetic in one way. Times, Sunday Times (2015)If the brain tells the nervous system that it has to cope with excessive demand, the sympathetic nervous system switches into overdrive. POSITIVE THINKING: Everything you have always known about positive thinking but were afraid to put into practice (2001)Many more Tory MPs are understood to be sympathetic and may abstain. Times, Sunday Times (2013)We need to be responsive, not only to patients' medical needs but to be able handle them in a sympathetic and receptive way. Times, Sunday Times (2009)
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Translations for 'sympathetic'
British English: sympathetic /ˌsɪmpəˈθɛtɪk/ ADJECTIVE
If you are sympathetic to someone who has had a misfortune, you are kind to them and show that you understand how they are feeling.
She was very sympathetic to the problems of students.
- American English: sympathetic
- Arabic: مُتَعَاطِف
- Brazilian Portuguese: solidário
- Chinese: 同情的
- Croatian: simpatetičan
- Czech: chápající
- Danish: medfølende
- Dutch: sympathiek
- European Spanish: comprensivo
- Finnish: myötätuntoinen
- French: compréhensif sympathique
- German: mitfühlend
- Greek: συμπονετικός
- Italian: comprensivo
- Japanese: 同情的な
- Korean: 동정적인
- Norwegian: sympatisk
- Polish: pełen współczucia
- European Portuguese: solidário
- Romanian: înțelegător
- Russian: сочувствующий
- Spanish: comprensivo
- Swedish: sympatisk
- Thai: เห็นอกเห็นใจ
- Turkish: anlayışlı
- Ukrainian: співчутливий
- Vietnamese: thông cảm
Definition of sympathetic from the Collins English Dictionary
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