Definition of encouraging adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

encouraging

 adjective
adjective
BrE BrE//ɪnˈkʌrɪdʒɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈkɜːrɪdʒɪŋ//
 
 
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that gives somebody support, courage or hope This month's unemployment figures are not very encouraging. You could try being a little more encouraging! Despite the encouraging findings, we remain cautious. opposite discouraging