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Meaning of supportive

sup•port•ive

Pronunciation: (su-pôr'tiv, -pōr'-), [key]
— adj.
  1. giving support.
  2. providing sympathy or encouragement: His family was supportive of his attempts to be a writer.
  3. providing additional help, information, etc.; auxiliary: manufacturers of supportive materials.
  4. helping to maintain a normal physiological balance, as by the intravenous administration of required nutriment.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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