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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


Short "hint"

Giving confidence or hope. Also: Furnishing support.

Usage examples (40)
  • Doctor's encouraging words: ". . . And don't you worry about that heart. It'll keep beating as long as you live."
  • encouraging advances in medical research
  • Researchers are touting what they call encouraging results from trials of a vaccine for HIV.
  • To say the news coming out of the Gulf is not what you call encouraging is like saying it's been a rough week for Dennis Hopper. for more
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