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Sympathetic may refer to:

  • Sympathy, in psychology, a feeling of compassion or identification with another
  • Sympathetic detonation, a detonation, usually unintended, of an explosive charge by a nearby explosion
  • Sympathetic magic, in religion, magic, and anthropology, the belief that like affects like, that something can be influenced through its relationship with another thing
  • Sympathetic nervous system, in neurology and neuroscience, a part of the autonomic nervous system
  • Sympathetic resonance, a harmonic phenomenon wherein a body responds to external vibrations
  • Sympathetic strings, in music theory, strings on a musical instrument that resonate without contact
  • "Sympathetic", a song by Seether from Disclaimer II