a supportive teacher

encouraging, caring, sympathetic, reassuring, understanding, concerned, helpful, kind, kindly; informal boosterish

we are supportive of the proposal

in favor of, favorable to, pro, on the side of, sympathetic to, well-disposed to, receptive to

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  • supportive — index benevolent, demonstrative (illustrative) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • supportive — 1590s, from SUPPORT (Cf. support) + IVE (Cf. ive). Called rare in OED (1933). Related: Supportively; supportiveness …   Etymology dictionary

  • supportive — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ providing encouragement or emotional help. DERIVATIVES supportively adverb supportiveness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • supportive — [sə pôrt′iv] adj. that gives support, help, or approval …   English World dictionary

  • supportive — adj. VERBS ▪ be, seem ▪ become ▪ remain ▪ find sb ADVERB ▪ extre …   Collocations dictionary

  • supportive — sup·port·ive pōrt iv, pȯrt adj furnishing support specif serving to sustain the strength and condition of a patient <administration of fluids, glucose, and proteins is supportive against liver failure> <supportive care> * * * adj.… …   Medical dictionary

  • supportive — [[t]səpɔ͟ː(r)tɪv[/t]] ADJ GRADED: oft ADJ of n If you are supportive, you are kind and helpful to someone at a difficult or unhappy time in their life. They were always supportive of each other... Her boss was very supportive and gave her time… …   English dictionary

  • supportive — supportiveness, n. /seuh pawr tiv, pohr /, adj. 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… …   Universalium

  • supportive — adj. supportive of * * * [sə pɔːtɪv] supportive of …   Combinatory dictionary

  • supportive — UK [səˈpɔː(r)tɪv] / US [səˈpɔrtɪv] adjective helpful and sympathetic My boss was very supportive when I was ill. He has always been extremely supportive of her …   English dictionary

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