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encouraging

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of encouraging

  1. 1 having qualities which inspire hope encouraging signs that the economy is improving Synonyms of encouraging auspicious, bright, hopeful, fair, golden, heartening, likely, optimistic, promising, propitious, roseate, rose-colored, rosy, upbeatWords Related to encouraging cheering, comforting, reassuring, soothing; assured, confident, decisive, doubtless, positive, sure, unhesitating; beamish, bullish, eupeptic; favorable, goodNear Antonyms of encouraging cheerless, comfortless; doubtful, dubious, uncertain; bearish, grim, negative, unfavorable; funereal, glum, gray (also grey), miserable, wretchedAntonyms of encouraging bleak, dark, depressing, desperate, discouraging, disheartening, dismal, downbeat, dreary, gloomy, hopeless, inauspicious, pessimistic, unencouraging, unlikely, unpromising, unpropitious

  2. 2 making one feel good inside the encouraging story of a young girl who overcame great social and physical obstacles to become an outstanding athlete Synonyms of encouraging cheering, comforting, heartwarming, fulfilling, gladdening, gratifying, heartening, rewarding, satisfyingWords Related to encouraging affecting, inspiring, inspiriting, moving, poignant, stirring, touching; edifying, elevating, uplifting; sympathetic, tender; kind, kindly, loving, warm; animating, enlivening, exciting, exhilarating, invigorating, rousing, stimulating, thrilling; pleasing, pleasurable, welcomingNear Antonyms of encouraging cheerless, disappointing, disgruntling, displeasing, dissatisfying, heartbreaking, heartrending, saddening; discomforting, disconcerting, dismaying, distressing, disturbing, upsetting; cold, unfeeling, unfriendly, unkind, unloving, unpleasantAntonyms of encouraging demoralizing, depressing, discouraging, disheartening, dispiriting

  3. 3 pointing toward a happy outcome we're off to an encouraging start on this project Synonyms of encouraging auspicious, bright, favorable, golden, heartening, hopeful, promising, propitiousWords Related to encouraging fortunate, fortuitous, happy, lucky, providential; advantageous, beneficial, profitable, prosperous, salutaryNear Antonyms of encouraging unfortunate, unhappy, unlucky; calamitous, catastrophic, disastrous, fatal, ruinous; baleful, dark, dire, direful, doomy, foreboding, gloomy, ill, ill-boding, menacing, minatory, ominous, portentous, sinister, threateningAntonyms of encouraging dim, discouraging, disheartening, futureless, hopeless, inauspicious, unfavorable, unpromising, unpropitious



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