unsupportive

adjective
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 Roberto Ordeñana, deputy executive director of the center, said the city continues to be a beacon for those fleeing unsupportive families around the country, but the exorbitant cost of housing often means newcomers are living on the streets. Heather Knight, SFChronicle.com, "Would you take in a homeless person? San Francisco hopes you’ll say yes," 26 Nov. 2019 Be thankful for the role of the unsupportive and toxic people in your life, and surround yourself with a solid support system. Darlene Aderoju, PEOPLE.com, "Rising Country Artist Elizabeth Lyons Drops New Song 'Epiphany' & Shows Fans a 'Day in My Life'," 25 Nov. 2019 The former leaders of [the office] engaged in misdeeds and missteps that appeared unsupportive of whistleblowers . . . BostonGlobe.com, "Just one senior manager has been removed by an office created to discipline senior-level managers involved in misconduct, Inspector General Michael Missal found.," 25 Oct. 2019 Lloyd goes for the visual cliché of a candlelight choir traipsing down the aisles and onto the stage, but the Mad Max anthem feels unearned for a character established primarily as an unsupportive mother, who frowns on Tina's refusal to forgive Ike. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Tina: The Tina Turner Musical': Theater Review," 8 Nov. 2019 Werner called that a challenge as well, but contended that the pull for renewables outmatches unsupportive policy. Fortune Editors, Fortune, "Why Solar Execs Say the Game Is Already Over for Non-Renewable Energy," 6 Sep. 2019 Traditional Chucks are notoriously thin and unsupportive, not great for aging feet or expectations of yoga-pant comfiness. Kate Bowers, Fortune, "Rebooting Converse: Should the brand play hard to get?," 30 July 2019 Those unsupportive comments online have, sadly, influenced what Holliday decides to share with her close to two million Instagram followers. Maggie O'neill, Health.com, "Tess Holliday Reveals She's Been Called Out for Changing Her Body—Here's Why She Thinks That's Ridiculous," 22 July 2019 This condition is common among runners, as well people who regularly wear unsupportive shoes, says Yolanda Ragland, D.P.M., a podiatrist in New York City. Emilia Benton, SELF, "How I Treated My Plantar Fasciitis in Time to Run My Best Marathon Yet," 8 May 2019

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First Known Use of unsupportive

1912, in the meaning defined above

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29 Nov 2019

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“Unsupportive.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsupportive. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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