To be supportive is to give help or assistance, to support. Good bras and good friends are supportive. Whether it's an object or a person, anything or anyone supportive helps things hold up.
Supportive is a snuggly word. Anything that supports you, or embraces you and holds you up is supportive. It can be physically supportive, like a girdle that holds your belly in, or emotionally supportive like a loving family or solid network of friends. A parent paying for a child's college bills is supportive financially. Things can be supportive, too — posts holding up a building are supportive. Being supportive is a good thing.
adj furnishing support or assistance
characterized by or displaying affirmation or acceptance or certainty etc.
accessory, adjunct, adjuvant, ancillary, appurtenant, auxiliary
furnishing added support
aiding and abetting in a crime
serving to certify or endorse authoritatively
collateral, confirmative, confirmatory, confirming, corroborative, corroboratory, substantiating, substantiative, validating, validatory, verificatory, verifying
serving to support or corroborate
serving to prove or demonstrate
furnishing support and encouragement
not furnishing support or assistance
characterized by or displaying negation or denial or opposition or resistance; having no positive features
that confounds or contradicts or confuses
establishing as invalid or untrue
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