supportive

[suh-pawr-tiv, -pohr-]
adjective
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.

Origin:
1585–95; support + -ive

supportiveness, noun
nonsupportive, adjective
unsupportive, adjective
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supportive (səˈpɔːtɪv)
 
adj
providing support, esp moral or emotional support
 
supportively
 
adv
 
supportiveness
 
n

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supportive
1590s, from support + -ive. Called "rare" in OED (1933).
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Example sentences
The administration's thinking reflects the success of earlier supportive
  housing efforts.
The closer you get to comps, the more you will appreciate a strong, supportive
  study group.
But over time my parents realized they couldn't talk me out of it, and then
  they were really supportive.
It's even more critical to be warm and supportive when your loved one gets good
  news.
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