- 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.
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In the meeting with Dunleavy, the woman said, she was tearful and the governor seemed sympathetic, telling her she had done nothing wrong.Junior Staffer Says Top Alaska Official Told Her to Keep Allegations of Misconduct Secret|by Kyle Hopkins, Anchorage Daily News|November 18, 2020|ProPublica
Lucia told me, “He was sympathetic that I prefer to read in Spanish.”Date Lab update: Their boots matched, at least! Here’s what happened next.|Damona Hoffman|November 12, 2020|Washington Post
Fletcher has had to claw for every advantage he could get on the board with the occasional support of two other sympathetic supervisors with very different political priorities.Politics Report: Winners and Losers Special Edition|Scott Lewis and Andrew Keatts|November 7, 2020|Voice of San Diego
Although she wasn’t as harsh as some of her conservative colleagues on the bench, she nonetheless appeared sympathetic to Catholic Social Services.Supreme Court appears poised to rule for foster care agency against LGBTQ couples|Chris Johnson|November 4, 2020|Washington Blade
The last group excluded by the IRS — people who died before the stimulus payment reached them — may not seem sympathetic.Millions Still Haven’t Gotten Stimulus Checks, Including Many Who Need Them Most|by Lydia DePillis|October 30, 2020|ProPublica
“Whether or not a perpetrator is portrayed sympathetically is not all that important,” Surette pointed out.The Mommy Blogger Who Tried to Kill Her Autistic Daughter Talks to Dr. Phil|Elizabeth Picciuto|October 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Will a St. Louis County jury be likely to look sympathetically upon Michael Brown?
Hellman's dishonesty in her later writing is sympathetically framed by the decades of criticism she had endured.Lillian Hellman, Clarence Birdseye and Thai Jones: Must Read Nonfiction|Victoria Beale, Wendy Smith, Kevin Canfield|May 17, 2012|DAILY BEAST
At the time, Banks responded sympathetically, saying that the agency that signed Curry made the mistake of sending her abroad.
I smile sympathetically and look at my watch: the actions of a man who wishes him well in his decision but must now go to work.
"Tough—but most of us have been there, one time or another," Goodell observed sympathetically; and with that the subject rested.Raw Gold|Bertrand W. Sinclair
"It's too bad," murmured Susie sympathetically, as she passed a wet cloth back and forth over the girl's face.Motor Matt's "Century" Run|Stanley R. Matthews
"O kinodoku Sama, my spirit is poisoned by your grief," murmured the other, sympathetically.The Dragon Painter|Mary McNeil Fenollosa
In no man have I perceived so sympathetically the great contrast between warm, personal things and the white dream of statecraft.The New Machiavelli|Herbert George Wells
And the Moslems replied sympathetically though they said they would be obliged to fight.The Cradle of Mankind|W.A. Wigram