Sympathetic

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Definition

sympathetic: compassionate, understanding
adjective
In English, the term 'sympathetic' has a few meanings, but the primary sense of the term is 'understanding' or 'favorably inclined'.

Management wasn't very sympathetic to my request for more money. They really don't understand that I need a higher salary.

Pronunciation examples
UK: I understand your problem and sympathise with you.
US: My boss is very unsympathetic.
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Examples

  • "The way you handle callers is both professional and sympathetic."

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