supportive

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

adjective

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.

Nearby words

  1. support price,
  2. support system,
  3. supportable,
  4. supporter,
  5. supporting,
  6. supportive psychotherapy,
  7. supportive therapy,
  8. supposal,
  9. suppose,
  10. supposed

Origin of supportive

First recorded in 1585–95; support + -ive

Related formssup·port·ive·ness, nounnon·sup·port·ive, adjectiveun·sup·port·ive, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for supportiveness

supportive

/ (səˈpɔːtɪv) /

adjective

providing support, esp moral or emotional support
Derived Formssupportively, adverbsupportiveness, noun

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Word Origin and History for supportiveness

supportive

adj.

1590s, from support + -ive. Called "rare" in OED (1933). Related: Supportively; supportiveness.

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