Definition of discouraging in US English:



  • Causing someone to lose confidence or enthusiasm; depressing.

    ‘a discouraging experience’
    • ‘Despite the discouraging times, Israeli activists continue to struggle on many fronts.’
    • ‘A new period begins amid circumstances much more discouraging for the economic struggle of the proletariat.’
    • ‘In this area, the law enforcement advances are discouraging.’
    • ‘There is nothing more discouraging to a society than playing to empty seats.’
    • ‘The available figures on the knowledge of some health professionals are discouraging.’
    • ‘The atmosphere during those closing moments was gloomy, depressing and discouraging.’
    • ‘He showed me a few kicks, and I realized that he was good at that, better than me anyway, which was highly discouraging.’
    • ‘Telling people to boost a goal they might not even have reached yet could also be discouraging, he adds.’
    • ‘Finishing fifth out of six in that initial foray was discouraging, but didn't deter her.’
    • ‘We are living, my dear friend, in a discouraging time.’
    • ‘The political environment is likely to be equally discouraging for Labour.’
    • ‘Such sloppy raids have had a discouraging impact on nightspot patronage.’
    • ‘It was a very discouraging outcome.’
    • ‘As they dug in their shallow pit, the signs were discouraging.’
    • ‘The news from Albright over the satellite phone was discouraging.’
    • ‘The length of monthly meetings proved discouraging to some members as well.’
    • ‘The results so far are discouraging.’
    • ‘And it was discouraging to him to think of having to appease four sharpened appetites with a crust of bread.’
    • ‘Theft was a very discouraging problem from the very start.’
    • ‘In that respect Scotland made progress last week, even if it did so amid a flurry of discouraging headlines.’