un·​sup·​port·​ive | \ ˌən-sə-ˈpȯr-tiv How to pronounce unsupportive (audio) \

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.

Examples of unsupportive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The condition is aggravated by unsupportive soles, and can sometimes be made more achy with a dip in temperature. Outdoor Life, "Best rain boots for women: Keep your feet dry in soggy conditions," 25 Jan. 2021 Others, who are sheltering in place with people unsupportive of their LGBTQ identity, may not have a space to privately participate in a mental health video visit. Sydney Bauer, NBC News, "Pandemic puts added strain on LGBTQ mental health," 19 Nov. 2020 But the 34-year-old said her caseworkers seemed distracted and were unsupportive. USA Today, "A foster father was accused of sex abuse. Then he got a second chance.," 16 Oct. 2020 Bryant is rumoured to be unsupportive of her mother's interview, and the lawsuit comes at a difficult time for her family. Sarah Midkiff, refinery29.com, "Vanessa Bryant Is Suing The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office — & For Good Reason," 22 Sep. 2020 The delivery by the late Richard Hillman, who played Torrance Shipman's unsupportive boyfriend, is just too good. Andrea Wurzburger, PEOPLE.com, "'Bring It:' The Best Quotes from Bring It On in Honor of the Film's 20th Anniversary," 25 Aug. 2020 Follins encourages people to avoid unsupportive groups or people, such as churches or religious leaders who are anti-LGBTQ+. Keep an open line of communication. Jo Yurcaba, Woman's Day, "How To Support An LGBTQ+ Child," 22 Aug. 2020 Kaplan's son has been able to leave his chest binder off and can easily avoid the unsupportive kids, sticking to communicating with his true friends. Lisa Selin Davis, CNN, "Away from school pressures, children who defy gender norms blossom at home," 11 June 2020 Gender-expansive children living in unsupportive families might be miserable or even in danger quarantined at home. Lisa Selin Davis, CNN, "Away from school pressures, children who defy gender norms blossom at home," 11 June 2020

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First Known Use of unsupportive

1912, in the meaning defined above

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2 Feb 2021

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“Unsupportive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsupportive. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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