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encouraging

en·cour·ag·ing

encouraging

 
pronunciation:
ihn kuhr jihng
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Word Combinations (adjective)
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: arousing feelings of hope or courage.
The patient's reaction to the experimental drug is encouraging, and the family is cautiously breathing a sigh of relief.The economic statistics look encouraging, so investment in new ventures is increasing.
antonyms:
dim, terrifying
similar words:
favorable, hopeful, optimistic
definition 2: tending to give help, support, or approval.
My art teachers were very encouraging, and I think it gave me the determination to become an artist.
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derivation: encouragingly (adv.)