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moral support

Emotional or psychological backing, as opposed to material help. For example, There's not much I can do at the doctor's office, but I'll come with you to give you moral support. [ Late 1800s ]
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  • What is the moral support derived by some sea-going amateurs from an umbrella?

    The Uncommercial Traveller Charles Dickens
  • Razumov longed desperately for a word of advice, for moral support.

    Under Western Eyes Joseph Conrad
  • He was thunderstruck, and as it were deprived of the moral support of his whiskers.

    The Secret Sharer Joseph Conrad
  • Henry turned, for moral support, to his wife: she had already hurried to his side.

    Rope Holworthy Hall
  • It was not the money alone, it was her moral support and approval—hers and Aunt Isobel's.

    Quin Alice Hegan Rice
  • Being afraid of all you men, she wanted me to come along for moral support.

    Spacehounds of IPC Edward Elmer Smith
  • You will have the support, the moral support, of all the Allies.

    Lady Bountiful George A. Birmingham

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