support system


Definition of support system

: a network of people who provide an individual with practical or emotional support

Examples of support system in a Sentence

students who have good support systems at home
Recent Examples on the Web One person, or a couple of people, just aren't meant to constitute our entire social support system. Lizz Schumer, Good Housekeeping, "The Pandemic Erased 'Weak Tie' Relationships — and Our Close Ones Are Suffering," 18 Feb. 2021 All over the world, people are engaging in psychedelic therapy with no support system. Olivia Goldhill, Quartz, "Psychedelic treatment for depression is on sale for the first time," 16 Oct. 2020 While Woodward and Denzel Washington played men cloaked in mystery, Latifah's Robyn McCall is not shy about leaning on a support system that includes characters played by Chris Noth, Lorraine Toussaint and Adam Goldberg. Neal Justin, Star Tribune, "How Queen Latifah is putting a new spin on 'The Equalizer'," 29 Jan. 2021 Faucheux intended to help prop up Matt emotionally for a couple of months and serve as a support system and caretaker for the couple’s two young girls. Leslie Cardé,, "'Our Friend' tells true story of a friendship in the face of a devastating cancer diagnosis," 27 Jan. 2021 There's more of a support system from fellow players in those leagues. Mike Freeman, USA TODAY, "Opinion: The next Colin Kaepernick? Best candidates are Celtics' Jaylen Brown, tennis star Naomi Osaka," 26 Dec. 2020 According to a royal source who spoke to Us Weekly, Meghan's mom, Doria Ragland, has been a key part of the Sussexes' support system since Meghan's pregnancy loss. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle's Mom, Doria Ragland, Is Helping Her Heal After Her Miscarriage," 27 Nov. 2020 These 20 movies include terrible families, makeshift families, lost families, and stories about finding comfort and hope without a conventional support system. David Sims, The Atlantic, "20 of the Best Films About Family for the Holidays," 21 Nov. 2020 The rapper also talked about her lack of a support system at the time. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Megan Thee Stallion Felt Like She Had to Be "Tough" After Being Shot," 17 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of support system

1980, in the meaning defined above

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“Support system.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of support system

: a group of people who give someone help, money, encouragement, etc.

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Medical Definition of support system

: a network of people who provide an individual with practical or emotional support

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