To be supportive is to give help or assistance, or to hold something or someone up. If your parents are supportive of your dreams to become a chef, they might enroll you in cooking classes.

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.

Definitions of supportive

adj furnishing support or assistance

“a supportive family network”
“his family was supportive of his attempts to be a writer”
characterized by or displaying affirmation or acceptance or certainty etc.
accessory, adjunct, adjuvant, ancillary, appurtenant, auxiliary
furnishing added support
accessary, accessory
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
demonstrative of
serving to prove or demonstrate
encouraging, supporting
furnishing support and encouragement
not furnishing support or assistance
characterized by or displaying negation or denial or opposition or resistance; having no positive features
confounding, contradictory
that confounds or contradicts or confuses
disconfirming, invalidating
establishing as invalid or untrue
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