characterized by, proceeding from, exhibiting, or feeling sympathy; sympathizing; compassionate:
a sympathetic listener.
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.
looking upon with favor (often followed by to or toward):
She is sympathetic to the project.
pertaining to that part of the autonomic nervous system consisting of nerves that arise from the thoracic and lumbar regions of the spinal cord, and functioning in opposition to the parasympathetic system, as in stimulating heartbeat, dilating the pupil of the eye, etc.
Obsolete. pertaining to the autonomic nervous system in its entirety.
Physics. noting or pertaining to vibrations, sounds, etc., produced by a body as the direct result of similar vibrations in a different body.
characterized by, feeling, or showing sympathy; understanding
in accord with the subject’s personality or mood; congenial: a sympathetic atmosphere
when postpositive, often foll by to or towards. showing agreement (with) or favour (towards): sympathetic to the proposals
(anatomy, physiol) of or relating to the division of the autonomic nervous system that acts in opposition to the parasympathetic system accelerating the heartbeat, dilating the bronchi, inhibiting the smooth muscles of the digestive tract, etc Compare parasympathetic
relating to vibrations occurring as a result of similar vibrations in a neighbouring body: sympathetic strings on a sitar
sympathetic sym·pa·thet·ic (sĭm’pə-thět’ĭk)
Of, relating to, or acting on the sympathetic nervous system.
noun, Sociology. 1. behavior toward an individual based on the individual’s personal makeup rather than on his or her group membership.
- Sympathetic ganglia
sympathetic ganglia n. Any of the ganglia of the autonomic nervous system composed of adrenergic neurons receiving afferent fibers originating from preganglionic visceral motor neurons in the lateral horn of the thoracic and upper lumbar segments of the spinal cord.
- Sympathetic imbalance
sympathetic imbalance n. See vagotonia.
noun 1. a fluid for producing writing that is invisible until brought out by heat, chemicals, etc.; invisible ink. sympathetic ink noun 1. another term for invisible ink