Definitions for: Encouraging

[adj] tending to favor or bring good luck; "miracles are auspicious accidents"; "encouraging omens"; "a favorable time to ask for a raise"; "lucky stars"; "a prosperous moment to make a decision"
[adj] giving courage or confidence or hope; "encouraging advances in medical research"
[adj] furnishing support and encouragement; "the anxious child needs supporting and accepting treatment from the teacher"

Webster (1913) Definition: En*cour"a*ging, a.
Furnishing ground to hope; inspiriting; favoring. --
En*cour"a*ging*ly, adv.

Synonyms: auspicious, exhortative, exhortatory, favorable, favourable, heartening, hortative, hortatory, inspiriting, lucky, promotive, propitious, prosperous, rallying, supporting, supportive

Antonyms: discouraging

See Also: helpful, hopeful, reassuring

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