[ suh-pawr-tiv, -pohr- ]
/ səˈpɔr tɪv, -ˈpoʊr- /


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

First recorded in 1585–95; support + -ive

Related forms

sup·port·ive·ness, nounnon·sup·port·ive, adjectiveun·sup·port·ive, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for supportive


/ (səˈpɔːtɪv) /


providing support, esp moral or emotional support

Derived Forms

supportively, adverbsupportiveness, noun
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