- 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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- providing support, esp moral or emotional support
Word Origin and History for supportiveness
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