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  • v. Present participle of discourage.
  • adj. that causes discouragement

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Causing or indicating discouragement.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Tending to dishearten or to depress the courage; disheartening: as, discouraging prospects.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. expressing disapproval
  • adj. depriving of confidence or hope or enthusiasm and hence often deterring action


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