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sympathetic

Pronunciation: /ˌsɪmpəˈθetɪk/

Translation of sympathetic in Spanish:

adjective/adjetivo

  • 1 (understanding) comprensivo she looked a sympathetic person me pareció una persona comprensiva they offered a sympathetic ear when I most needed it me escucharon con comprensión cuando más lo necesitaba they weren't in the least sympathetic no demostraron ninguna comprensiónto be sympathetic to/toward sb/sth he was most sympathetic to me when my wife died me dio todo su apoyo y comprensión or fue de lo más comprensivo cuando murió mi mujer
    Example sentences
    • Both of the controllers were understanding and sympathetic toward me, perhaps more than I deserved.
    • ‘Don't worry dear ’, she told me in sympathetic tones, ‘Everything will be fine’.
    • Dave offered a hug along with his sympathetic tone, but Lori didn't feel the comfort in the embrace.
  • 2 2.1 (approving) [response/view] favorable; [audience] bien dispuesto, receptivo to be sympathetic to sth [to a cause/regime] simpatizar* con algo [to a request/demand] mostrarse* favorable a algo 2.2 (congenial) [environment/atmosphere] cordial
    Example sentences
    • Harvey kept Hilarion as a sympathetic character, ruggedly attractive and devoted.
    • Like Tony Maudsley's character, Martin, Christine is very sympathetic, and her sweet nature sets her apart from Ray Temple's bullying and caustic ways.
    • In Cath, Jennings succeeds in quickly establishing an extremely likeable, sympathetic character.
    Example sentences
    • So the goal was to design a roof structure sympathetic to these life-forming principles.
    • The home had been plagued by numerous remodels, ‘none of which were sympathetic to the original design,’ he explains.
    • The homes will also be sympathetic to existing designs in Broome Manor Lane in that they will be two storey.
    2.3 (showing empathy) [interpretation/rendering] fiel
    Example sentences
    • This patronising attitude only serves to alienate potential members who might otherwise be sympathetic to socialist ideas.
    • At least one newspaper has editorialised in favour of political union and others are sympathetic to the proposal.
    • Let's hope that Bradford MP Gerry Sutcliffe, whose ministerial responsibilities now include fireworks, is sympathetic to that view.

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