Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Giving courage, confidence, or hope: an encouraging advance in medical research.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. giving courage, confidence or hope
  • adj. supporting by giving encouragement
  • adj. auspicious, or bringing good luck
  • v. Present participle of encourage.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Furnishing ground to hope; inspiriting; favoring.

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

  • adj. furnishing support and encouragement
  • adj. giving courage or confidence or hope

Etymologies

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Examples

  • To say the news coming out of the Gulf is not what you call encouraging is like saying it's been a rough week for Dennis Hopper.

    Will Durst: The Brightside of the BP Oil Spill

  • Researchers are touting what they call encouraging results from trials of a vaccine for HIV.

    CNN Transcript Sep 24, 2009

  • Nevertheless, we heard President Bush today talk about positive news, what he called encouraging news out of Iraq in the past month -- the president noting that in his brief statement today -- but also warning that some of the progress that's been made could change.

    CNN Transcript Jul 31, 2008

  • You heard what Ephraim Sneh just said, that the Palestinian Authority has to follow up what he described as encouraging words from Mr. Arafat, has to follow up with deeds.

    CNN Transcript Dec 16, 2001

  • WASHINGTON -- After losing Saturday's Nevada caucus race, Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich sought solace in what he called an encouraging statistic: that his supporters were turning out to vote more enthusiastically than those of his chief rival, Mitt Romney.

    The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com

  • The tone the department is trying to set is more accurately reflected by the word "encouraging," he suggested.

    The Globe and Mail - Home RSS feed

  • Seriously ill patients will be encouraged to provide detailed information on how they wish to die on the new system which will be available to those involved in their treatment. article for The Daily Telegraph today, Simon Burns, a health minister, backs the scheme which he describes as "encouraging" because it will help ensure a more "dignified death" for hundreds of thousands of people.

    Telegraph.co.uk - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • Meanwhile, Friends of the Earth gave a cautious welcome to what it termed "encouraging news".

    The Independent - Frontpage RSS Feed

  • WASHINGTON - After losing Saturday's Nevada caucus race, Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich sought solace in what he called an encouraging statistic: that his supporters were turning out to vote more enthusiastically than those of his chief rival, Mitt Romney.

    www.startribune.com

  • In an article for The Daily Telegraph today, Simon Burns, a health minister, backs the scheme which he describes as "encouraging" because it will help ensure a more "dignified death" for hundreds of thousands of people.

    Telegraph.co.uk - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

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