- 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 sympathetically
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
"You're played out, starved and all used up—that's what ails you," exclaimed Dick sympathetically.The Grammar School Boys of Gridley|H. Irving Hancock
He had cherished a faint hope—the very faintest—that she might welcome what he had just said sympathetically.The Wild Olive|Basil King
“It must have been very lonesome,” suggested Elsie, sympathetically.Every Girl's Book|George F. Butler
British Dictionary definitions for sympathetically
Word Origin and History for sympathetically
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.