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sympathetic

adjective (SUPPORT)    /ˌsɪm.pəˈθet.ɪk/ US  /-ˈθet̬-/
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 ?Backing, supporting and defendingDefending and protecting Grammar:Nice or sympathetic?Nice is an adjective meaning ‘pleasant’, ‘enjoyable’ or ‘satisfactory’: sympathetically     /-ɪ.kəl.i/ adverb She listened sympathetically, nodding her head now and again.Sympathy and compassion
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