caring and feeling sorry about someone's problems:
a sympathetic friend
a sympathetic attitude
I'm sympathetic to parents who are worried about what their children see on television.
We hope always to provide a friendly sympathetic ear (=someone willing to listen to someone else's problems).
2 [not before noun]
willing to give approval and support to an aim or plan
Senator Capp is very sympathetic to environmental issues.
someone in a book, play etc who most people like
providing the right conditions for someone:
a sympathetic environment
—sympathetically adverb:WORD FOCUS: kind
Jill smiled sympathetically.
similar words: nice, considerate, thoughtful, sympathetic, benevolent, compassionate, gentle
➔ See also kind