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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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 While not everyone in the camp Crews identifies as unsupportive speaks of the actor in terms that are as vulgar as Jackson’s, their irritation with Crews’s accounts still functions to discredit both his stories and his masculinity. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Terry Crews and the Discomfort of Masculine Anxiety," 29 June 2018 Saturday Night Fever followed the dual life of Travolta’s character; a star on the discotheque dance floor but a working-class man with a dead-end job and an unsupportive family back at home. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Pizza Inferno: John Travolta Channels Saturday Night Fever at Brooklyn Event in His Honor," 13 June 2018 Among the reasons: worries about their infants’ weight, problems with latching, unsupportive policies at work and lack of education about the benefits of breastfeeding. Anna Gorman, Washington Post, "California Hospitals Urge Moms To Favor Breast Milk Over Formula," 25 May 2018 Discretion is, of course, still needed in unsupportive workplaces, and there remain too many of those. Theresa Vargas, Washington Post, "For Mother’s Day, a remembrance of my almost daughter.," 11 May 2018

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1912, in the meaning defined above

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