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1 not kind or helpful to someone who is having problems
2 not willing to support an idea, aim etc
unsympathetic to/towards
a government that's unsympathetic to public opinion
3 an unsympathetic person in a book or play is unpleasant and difficult to like:
unsympathetically adverb
WORD FOCUS: unkind WORD FOCUS: unkind
similar words: nasty, cruel, mean, inconsiderate, thoughtless, insensitive, unsympathetic, hard-hearted

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