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[suh-pawr-tiv, -pohr-]
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  1. giving support.
  2. providing sympathy or encouragement: His family was supportive of his attempts to be a writer.
  3. providing additional help, information, etc.; auxiliary: manufacturers of supportive materials.
  4. Medicine/Medical. helping to maintain a normal physiological balance, as by the intravenous administration of required nutriment.
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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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Related Words for unsupportive

uncooperative, unhelpful, contrary, discouraging, deterring, dissuading, opposing

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British Dictionary definitions for unsupportive


  1. providing support, esp moral or emotional support
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Derived Formssupportively, adverbsupportiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unsupportive



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

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