- Word Combinations (adjective)
|part of speech:
||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.
- dim, terrifying
- similar words:
- favorable, hopeful, optimistic
||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.
||auspicious, bright, positive, propitious