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sympathetic

adjective uk   /ˌsɪm.pəˈθet.ɪk/ us    /-ˈθet̬-/

sympathetic adjective (UNDERSTANDING)

B2 describes someone who shows, especially by what they say, that they understand and care about someone else's suffering: He suffers from back trouble too, so he was very sympathetic about my problem. She just needed someone who would lend a sympathetic ear to her (= listen to her in a kind and understanding way) once in a while.
Opposite
If a character in a book or film is sympathetic, they are described or shown in such a way that you are able to understand the character's feelings, with the result that you like them: She comes across as a more sympathetic character in the film.

sympathetic adjective (SUPPORT)

C2 agreeing with or supporting: The Labour party are supposed to be sympathetic to/towards the unions. Did he give your proposal/complaints a sympathetic hearing?
sympathetically
adverb uk   /-ɪ.kəl.i/ us  
She listened sympathetically, nodding her head now and again.
(Definition of sympathetic from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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