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bracing

[brey-sing] /ˈbreɪ sɪŋ/
adjective
1.
strengthening; invigorating:
This mountain air is bracing.
2.
of, relating to, or serving as a brace.
noun
3.
a brace.
4.
braces collectively:
The bracing on this scaffold is weak.
5.
material, as timber, used for braces.
Origin of bracing
1475-1485
1475-85; brace (v.) + -ing1, -ing2
Related forms
bracingly, adverb
bracingness, noun
Synonyms
1. stimulating, revivifying, energizing.
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  • "Of course you would be all right anyhow," Bob said bracingly.

    Queensland Cousins Eleanor Luisa Haverfield
  • "Well, that oughtn't to influence you," Susan said bracingly.

    Saturday's Child Kathleen Norris
  • The Aeroplane Lady, bracingly cheerful, met them with a sheaf of official documents for the young Army aviator.

    The Boy with Wings Berta Ruck
  • But I liked the third: it was so bracingly unorthodox, even according to the tenets of Soames' peculiar sect in the faith.

    Seven Men Max Beerbohm
British Dictionary definitions for bracingly

bracing

/ˈbreɪsɪŋ/
adjective
1.
refreshing; stimulating; invigorating: the air here is bracing
noun
2.
a system of braces used to strengthen or support: the bracing supporting the building is perfectly adequate
Derived Forms
bracingly, adverb
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