A sympathetic person is one who's motivated by compassion. You can imagine that most of the people who work for the Red Cross are sympathetic types.
In literature and film, the sympathetic character is the one who is likable or who evokes feelings of sympathy from the audience. The sympathetic character in a romantic comedy is probably the romantic male lead who keeps getting ignored by the beautiful women. Eventually the sympathetic character will get noticed and the leading lady will fall in love with him, then they will live happily ever after.
adj expressing or feeling or resulting from sympathy or compassion or friendly fellow feelings; disposed toward
showing or having compassion
suitable to your needs
having or showing a tender and considerate and helpful nature; used especially of persons and their behavior
feeling or expressing sympathy
expressing sympathy with a person who experienced the death of a loved one
showing empathy or ready comprehension of others' states
not sympathetic or disposed toward
lacking compassion or feeling for others
not suitable to your tastes or needs
not responding to some influence or stimulus
not showing or expressing sympathy
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