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Pronunciation:  enk'urijing

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  1. [adj]  tending to favor or bring good luck; "miracles are auspicious accidents"; "encouraging omens"; "a favorable time to ask for a raise"; "lucky stars"; "a prosperous moment to make a decision"
  2. [adj]  giving courage or confidence or hope; "encouraging advances in medical research"
  3. [adj]  furnishing support and encouragement; "the anxious child needs supporting and accepting treatment from the teacher"

ENCOURAGING is a 11 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: auspicious, exhortative, exhortatory, favorable, favourable, heartening, hortative, hortatory, inspiriting, lucky, promotive, propitious, prosperous, rallying, supporting, supportive
 Antonyms: discouraging
 See Also: helpful, hopeful, reassuring



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\En*cour"a*ging\, a.
Furnishing ground to hope; inspiriting; favoring. --
{En*cour"a*ging*ly}, adv.

Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: alluring, animating, assuring, auspicious, bright with promise, challenging, cheerful, cheering, cheery, comforting, condolatory, condolent, condoling, consolatory, consoling, couleur de rose, energizing, enlivening, exciting, exhilarating, favorable, full of promise, galvanic, galvanizing, glad, gladdening, heartening, heart-warming, hospitable, inspiring, inspiriting, invigorating, inviting, joyful, likely, looking up, of good comfort, of promise, piquant, pregnant of good, promising, prompting, propitious, provocative, provoking, reassuring, relieving, roseate, rose-colored, rosy, rousing, stimulant, stimulating, stimulative, stirring, supportive, sympathetic