|—adj (when postpositive, |
|1.||characterized by, feeling, or showing sympathy; understanding|
|2.||in accord with the subject's personality or mood; congenial: a sympathetic atmosphere|
|3.||showing agreement (with) or favour (towards): sympathetic to the proposals|
|4.||anatomy, physiol Compare parasympathetic 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|
|5.||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.