encouraging

Something that's encouraging makes you feel better — more hopeful or confidant. A good theater director knows how to give her actors encouraging advice before they go on stage.

When someone you know needs extra help or support, a friendly letter or phone call can be encouraging, and if you're being treated for an illness, an encouraging word from your doctor will bring you a lot of relief. Encouraging test results are good ones — they deliver good news. The verb encourage is at the heart of encouraging, from the Old French encoragier, "make strong or hearten."

Definitions of encouraging
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adj giving courage or confidence or hope

encouraging advances in medical research”
Synonyms:
reassuring
restoring confidence and relieving anxiety
exhortative, exhortatory, hortative, hortatory
giving strong encouragement
heartening, inspiriting
cheerfully encouraging
promotive
tending to further or encourage
rallying
rousing or recalling to unity and renewed effort
helpful
providing assistance or serving a useful function
hopeful
having or manifesting hope
Antonyms:
discouraging
depriving of confidence or hope or enthusiasm and hence often deterring action
daunting, intimidating
discouraging through fear
demoralising, demoralizing, disheartening, dispiriting
destructive of morale and self-reliance
frustrating
discouraging by hindering
unencouraging
not encouraging
unhelpful
providing no assistance
hopeless
without hope because there seems to be no possibility of comfort or success
dissuasive
deterring from action
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adj furnishing support and encouragement

Synonyms:
supporting
supportive
furnishing support or assistance

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