- pertaining to that part of the autonomic nervous system consisting of nerves that arise from the thoracic and lumbar regions of the spinal cord, and functioning in opposition to the parasympathetic system, as in stimulating heartbeat, dilating the pupil of the eye, etc.
- Obsolete. pertaining to the autonomic nervous system in its entirety.
Examples from the Web for sympathetic
Goebbels, in fact, would be seen as the leader most sympathetic to the modernists.Top Nazis And Their Complicated Relationship With Artists|William O’Connor|November 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Some Bush Administration officials were sympathetic , but told them that under existing law it would be very difficult.
He says the owner of the house in which he lives has not been sympathetic to him.This Man Lost 35 Relatives to Ebola and His Community Wants Him Gone|Wade C.L. Williams|October 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But she nevertheless declares herself to be sympathetic to the former secretary of state.
Wurmser today is sympathetic to phasing out military aid to Israel, but he said there should be a few exceptions.Some of Israel’s Top Defenders Say It’s Time to End U.S. Aid|Eli Lake|July 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
His animal stories are marvels of sympathetic science and literary exactness.Asa Holmes|Annie Fellows Johnston
In this Clay was conspicuous, and Webster and Calhoun were his sympathetic allies.Expansion and Conflict|William E. Dodd
At all events I should be able to make something interesting of it, and it would of course inevitably take the sympathetic turn.The Letters of Henry James, Vol. II|Henry James
"There is what is called the sympathetic nervous system," he explained.The Social Gangster|Arthur B. Reeve
Mathilde, with the sympathetic gift of her nation, shared the excitement of her mistress in this fete.A Modern Chronicle, Complete|Winston Churchill
British Dictionary definitions for sympathetic
Word Origin and History for sympathetic
1640s, "pertaining to sympathy," from Modern Latin sympatheticus, from Greek sympathetikos, from sympathein, from sympathes "having a fellow feeling, affected by like feelings" (see sympathy). Meaning "having fellow feeling" is recorded from 1718. In anatomical sense, the word is attested from 1769, from Modern Latin (nervus) sympathicus, coined by Jacques-Benigne Winslow (1669-1760), Danish anatomist living in Paris. Related: Sympathetically.