Definition of supportive in US English:

supportive

adjective

  • Providing encouragement or emotional help.

    ‘the staff are extremely supportive of each other’
    • ‘While generally supportive of my writing projects, Bob thought that this one should go in the garbage.’
    • ‘Join the group and get to know others in a warm and supportive atmosphere.’
    • ‘Only in supportive relationships can we deal with our personal demons and life disappointments.’
    • ‘Maybe being emotionally supportive to others over the last few days has left me drained.’
    • ‘Everybody was being helpful and supportive to each other at a very difficult time.’
    • ‘There was a great team spirit and mutually supportive atmosphere.’
    • ‘He and his family were extremely supportive of the relationship.’
    • ‘How can you be supportive, nurturing and loving if you are competing with your own children?’
    • ‘I'd like to thank my family for being really supportive and everybody that made my record with me.’
    • ‘The heartfelt words point to a man who was supportive and caring, but always full of laughter and fun.’
    • ‘My children have been very supportive and I babysit my grandchildren nearly every day.’
    • ‘The guides maintain a safe and supportive atmosphere with plenty of time for relaxing.’
    • ‘When the day of amputation is growing close, supportive psychotherapy should be started.’
    • ‘She has a loving family, with parents in a committed and mutually supportive relationship.’
    • ‘My family, who had been so supportive of me, has now turned their backs on me.’
    • ‘The Macmillan nurse who spoke to me later was very supportive and sympathetic.’
    • ‘However, personal partners and close family remain supportive.’
    • ‘People tend to be supportive and understanding, but it is not like somebody has died.’
    • ‘People are supportive and encouraging and helpful, so I feel extraordinarily fortunate.’
    • ‘Associate with people who are mutually supportive and spend less time with friends or relatives who do not support you.’
    encouraging, caring, sympathetic, reassuring, understanding, concerned, helpful, nurturing, sensitive
    in favour, approving, pro, on the side of
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Pronunciation

supportive

/səˈpôrdiv//səˈpɔrdɪv/