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supportive

adjective uk   /səˈpɔː.tɪv/ us    /-ˈpɔːr.t̬ɪv/
C1 showing agreement and giving encouragement: Doubts about the government's policies are being expressed even by people who have been supportive of the government in the past. approving giving help and encouragement: Children with supportive parents often do better at school than those without.
supportively
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
supportiveness
noun [U] uk   /-nəs/ us  
Translations of “supportive”
in Chinese (Traditional) 支持的, 鼓勵的, 擁護的…
in Russian оказывающий поддержку, верный…
in Turkish destekleyici, arka çıkan…
in Chinese (Simplified) 支持的, 鼓励的, 拥护的…
in Polish pomocny…
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