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supportive

[suh-pawr-tiv, -pohr-] /səˈpɔr tɪv, -ˈpoʊr-/
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
1585-1595
1585-95; support + -ive
Related forms
supportiveness, noun
nonsupportive, adjective
unsupportive, adjective
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supportive

adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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