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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Sympathetic  \Sym`pa*thet"ic\,  a.  [See  {Sympathy},  and  cf 
  1.  Inclined  to  sympathy;  sympathizing. 
  Far  wiser  he  whose  sympathetic  mind  Exults  in  all 
  the  good  of  all  mankind.  --Goldsmith. 
  2.  Produced  by  or  expressive  of  sympathy. 
  Ope  the  sacred  source  of  sympathetic  tears.  --Gray. 
  3.  (Physiol.) 
  a  Produced  by  sympathy;  --  applied  particularly  to 
  symptoms  or  affections.  See  {Sympathy}. 
  b  Of  or  relating  to  the  sympathetic  nervous  system  or 
  some  of  its  branches;  produced  by  stimulation  on  the 
  sympathetic  nervious  system  or  some  part  of  it  as 
  the  sympathetic  saliva,  a  modified  form  of  saliva, 
  produced  from  some  of  the  salivary  glands  by 
  stimulation  of  a  sympathetic  nerve  fiber. 
  {Sympathetic  ink}.  (Chem.)  See  under  {Ink}. 
  {Sympathetic  nerve}  (Anat.),  any  nerve  of  the  sympathetic 
  system;  especially,  the  axial  chain  of  ganglions  and 
  nerves  belonging  to  the  sympathetic  system. 
  {Sympathetic  powder}  (Alchemy),  a  kind  of  powder  long 
  supposed  to  be  able  to  cure  a  wound  if  applied  to  the 
  weapon  that  inflicted  it  or  even  to  a  portion  of  the 
  bloody  clothes.  --Dunglison. 
  {Sympathetic  sounds}  (Physics),  sounds  produced  from  solid 
  bodies  by  means  of  vibrations  which  have  been  communicated 
  to  them  from  some  other  sounding  body,  by  means  of  the  air 
  or  an  intervening  solid. 
  {Sympathetic  system}  (Anat.),  a  system  of  nerves  and  nerve 
  ganglions  connected  with  the  alimentary  canal,  the 
  vascular  system,  and  the  glandular  organs  of  most 
  vertebrates,  and  controlling  more  or  less  their  actions. 
  The  axial  part  of  the  system  and  its  principal  ganglions 
  and  nerves  are  situated  in  the  body  cavity  and  form  a 
  chain  of  ganglions  on  each  side  of  the  vertebral  column 
  connected  with  numerous  other  ganglions  and  nerve 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  1:  (physiology;  anatomy)  or  or  relating  to  the  sympathetic 
  nervous  system;  "sympathetic  neurons";  "sympathetic 
  2:  expressing  or  feeling  or  resulting  from  sympathy  or 
  compassion  or  friendly  fellow  feelings;  disposed  toward; 
  "sympathetic  to  the  students'  cause";  "a  sympathetic 
  observer";  "a  sympathetic  gesture"  [ant:  {unsympathetic}] 
  3:  having  similar  disposition  and  tastes;  "a  compatible  married 
  couple";  "with  their  many  similar  tastes,  he  found  her  a 
  most  sympathetic  companion"  [syn:  {compatible}] 
  4:  showing  or  motivated  by  sympathy  and  understanding;  "was 
  charitable  in  his  opinions  of  others";  "kindly  criticism"; 
  "a  kindly  act";  "sympathetic  words"  [syn:  {charitable},  {kindly}] 
  5:  (of  characters  in  literature  or  drama)  evoking  empathic  or 
  sympathetic  feelings;  "the  sympathetic  characters  in  the 
  play"  [syn:  {appealing},  {likeable},  {likable}]  [ant:  {unsympathetic}] 
  6:  relating  to  vibrations  that  occur  as  a  result  of  vibrations 
  in  a  nearby  body;  "sympathetic  vibration"  [syn:  {harmonic}] 

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