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[suh-pawr-tiv, -pohr-] /səˈpɔr tɪv, -ˈpoʊr-/
giving support.
providing sympathy or encouragement:
His family was supportive of his attempts to be a writer.
providing additional help, information, etc.; auxiliary:
manufacturers of supportive materials.
Medicine/Medical. helping to maintain a normal physiological balance, as by the intravenous administration of required nutriment.
Origin of supportive
1585-95; support + -ive
Related forms
supportiveness, noun
nonsupportive, adjective
unsupportive, adjective Unabridged
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  • Ramanujan's home environment was in no way supportive of his abilities.
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  • In addition, it seems to be important for many successful businesswomen to have had a supportive father.
  • There seems to be a lot of supportive evidence that suggests that all planetary rotational speeds are first on the extreme scale.
British Dictionary definitions for supportive


providing support, esp moral or emotional support
Derived Forms
supportively, adverb
supportiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for supportive

1590s, from support + -ive. Called "rare" in OED (1933). Related: Supportively; supportiveness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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