un·​sup·​port·​ive ˌən-sə-ˈpȯr-tiv How to pronounce unsupportive (audio)
: not providing support : not supportive
But any personal gain I may have realized as a result of this environment is tempered by a public attitude toward teaching that is not only unsupportive but at times antagonistic.Howard Karlitz
They were unsupportive of her decision.

Examples of unsupportive in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1912, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unsupportive was in 1912

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“Unsupportive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsupportive. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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