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1. Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
alluring, animating, assuring, auspicious, bright with promise, challenging, cheerful, cheering, cheery, comforting, condolatory, condolent, condoling, consolatory, consoling, couleur de rose, energizing, enlivening, exciting, exhilarating, favorable, full of promise, galvanic, galvanizing, glad, gladdening, heart-warming, heartening, hospitable, inspiring, inspiriting, invigorating, inviting, joyful, likely, looking up, of good comfort, of promise, piquant, pregnant of good, promising, prompting, propitious, provocative, provoking, reassuring, relieving, rose-colored, roseate, rosy, rousing, stimulant, stimulating, stimulative, stirring, supportive, sympathetic
Dictionary Results for encouraging:
1. WordNet® 3.0 (2006)
encouraging
    adj 1: giving courage or confidence or hope; "encouraging
           advances in medical research" [ant: discouraging]
    2: furnishing support and encouragement; "the anxious child
       needs supporting and accepting treatment from the teacher"
       [syn: encouraging, supporting]

2. The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48
Encourage \En*cour"age\ (?; 48), v. t. [imp. & p. p.
   Encouraged (?; 48); p. pr. & vb. n. Encouraging.] [F.
   encourager; pref. en- (L. in) + courage courage. See
   Courage.]
   To give courage to; to inspire with courage, spirit, or hope;
   to raise, or to increase, the confidence of; to animate;
   enhearten; to incite; to help forward; -- the opposite of
   discourage.
   [1913 Webster]

         David encouraged himself in the Lord.    --1 Sam. xxx.
                                                  6.

   Syn: To embolden; inspirit; animate; enhearten; hearten;
        incite; cheer; urge; impel; stimulate; instigate;
        countenance; comfort; promote; advance; forward;
        strengthen.
        [1913 Webster]

3. The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48
Encouraging \En*cour"a*ging\, a.
   Furnishing ground to hope; inspiriting; favoring. --
   En*cour"a*ging*ly, adv.
   [1913 Webster]

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