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American English: /ˌsɪmpəˈθɛdɪk/
British English: /sɪmpəˈθɛtɪk/

Translation of sympathetic in Spanish:


  • 1 (understanding) 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 comprensión
    to be sympathetic to/toward somebody/somethinghe 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)
    bien dispuesto
    to be sympathetic to something
    (to a cause/regime)
    simpatizar con algo
    (to a request/demand)
    mostrarse favorable a algo
    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.
    2.2 (congenial)
    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)
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