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
  1. adjective
    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
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    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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  2. adjective
    furnishing support and encouragement
    synonyms: supporting
    supportive
    furnishing support or assistance
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