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English adjective: encouraging

1. encouraging giving courage or confidence or hope


SamplesEncouraging advances in medical research.


Similarexhortative, exhortatory, heartening, hortative, hortatory, inspiriting, promotive, rallying


See alsohelpful, hopeful, reassuring


Antonymsdiscouraging

2. encouraging furnishing support and encouragement


SamplesThe anxious child needs supporting and accepting treatment from the teacher.


Synonymssupporting


Similarsupportive


Antonymsunsupportive









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