en·​cour·​ag·​ing | \in-ˈkər-i-jiŋ, -ˈkə-ri-, en-\

Definition of encouraging 

: giving hope or promise encouraging news

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Other Words from encouraging

encouragingly \in-​ˈkər-​i-​jiŋ-​lē, -​ˈkə-​ri-​, en-​ \ adverb

Examples of encouraging in a Sentence

We've just heard some encouraging news. encouraging signs that the economy is improving

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Democrats were largely encouraging, praising Ford for coming forward and simply allowing her to tell or repeat details of her account. Seth Masket, Vox, "How the parties have and haven’t changed since the Thomas-Hill hearings," 28 Sep. 2018 The nurses were kind and encouraging, but after two hours of pushing to no avail, my baby had barely budged and was showing signs of fetal distress, including an abnormal heart rate and elevated maternal temperature. Kavin Senapathy, SELF, "Giving Birth Made Me Question the Informed Consent Process During Childbirth," 14 May 2018 Also encouraging is the fact that Shapira calls public speaking a skill, not a talent. Anthea Levi, Health.com, "I'm Terrified to Give the Maid of Honor Speech at My Sister's Wedding—Here's What I'm Doing to Prep," 6 Apr. 2018 Not to pick favorites, but one of most encouraging pieces of advice, which is fitting for all marathons, also comes from Robinson. Laura Schwecherl, SELF, "14 Experienced New York City Marathoners Share Their Best Tips for First-Timers," 30 Oct. 2018 In fact, this encouraging community will continue to sustain you through the next astrological season, as the sun glides into Scorpio on Tuesday, October 23. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What October's Sagittarius Horoscope Means for You," 30 Sep. 2018 Well In recent years, skyward-reaching ringlets and natural hair have rightly (finally!) become a mark of freedom and individuality on the runway, replacing cookie-cutter uniformity and encouraging legions of women to embrace their true texture. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "6 Top Beauty Trends That Dominated Milan Fashion Week," 24 Sep. 2018 Unlike some other countries in Asia, Vietnam is notably accepting—even encouraging—of its 53 minority groups, as witness by Hanoi's Museum of Ethnology. Hanya Yanagihara, Condé Nast Traveler, "50 Things to Do in Asia Before You Die," 24 Sep. 2018 Ahead of the cookbook's release on September 20, Meghan's friend and sometimes stylist Jessica Mulroney posted an encouraging message for Meghan on her Instagram page. Temi Adebowale, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle's Friends Are Sending Sweet Messages of Support for Her First Solo Project," 17 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of encouraging

1593, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of encouraging

: causing a hopeful feeling

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