- giving support.
- providing sympathy or encouragement: His family was supportive of his attempts to be a writer.
- providing additional help, information, etc.; auxiliary: manufacturers of supportive materials.
- Medicine/Medical. helping to maintain a normal physiological balance, as by the intravenous administration of required nutriment.
Origin of supportive
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Her husband was supportive and even took the photos to submit with her application.From Baltimore Ravens Cheerleader to Mrs. Robinson
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Even Republicans who opposed a federal wage hike in this cycle were often supportive or silent about state and local increases.To Make Their Victory Durable, the GOP Must Fix the Minimum Wage
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Floris and the other closely knit agricultural villages of Fairfax County were exceptionally unified and supportive.Frying Pan Farm
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Some may be conducting fibrils, but it is hard to distinguish these from supportive.
It is tough on criminals and supportive of police, and it has been languishing in these hallowed halls for years now.
This may in part be due to the nature of the insulating and supportive apparatus.
The supportive appliance is kept in position for ten days or two weeks.Lameness of the Horse
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- providing support, esp moral or emotional support
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Word Origin and History for supportive
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