un·​sup·​port·​ive | \ ˌən-sə-ˈpȯr-tiv \

Definition of unsupportive

: 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.

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My family, though supportive of my single life, is very unsupportive of my becoming a single mom. Carolyn Hax, The Seattle Times, "Her family doesn’t support the idea of her being a single mom," 7 Nov. 2018 Anyone who has ever run with an unsupportive bra on knows how essential the bounce rate measurement truly is. Lauren Swanson, Allure, "Knix Just Launched a New High-Impact Sports Bra and We Got to Try It," 25 Sep. 2018 Her callous boyfriend finds out about the affair and posts her information online, her unsupportive parents kick her out, and strangers violently harass her on the street. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "Assassination Nation is a vicious, cathartic horror film about misogyny," 21 Sep. 2018 Don’t take it personally.’’ A New York lawyer at an Asian bank curbed her female mentor’s unsupportive behavior by divulging less. Joann S. Lublin, WSJ, "Undermined at the Office? How Women Can Cope With Mistreatment From Female Colleagues," 22 Aug. 2018 But some Democrats have seemingly waffled on the idea or been unsupportive completely. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "Democrats calling for ICE to be abolished include Kirsten Gillibrand, Elizabeth Warren and others," 3 July 2018 Parents whose children attended the school and Discovery officials attributed some of the failure to their belief that school officials were unsupportive and in some cases undermined their ability to operate with enough autonomy. Liz Bowie, baltimoresun.com, "Proposed Baltimore County charter school takes application fight to state officials," 10 July 2018 Is that being unsupportive, or just doing what your business demands of you? refinery29.com, "Debra Lee: How a Legal Clerk Became Head of the BET Empire," 4 June 2018 Separate research from the National Center for Transgender Equality found that transgender youth who had unsupportive families were more likely to have attempted suicide and more likely to experience homelessness than those with supportive ones. Jennifer Calfas, Time, "An Ohio Bill Would Force Teachers and Doctors to Out Transgender Children," 4 July 2018

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1912, in the meaning defined above

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