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Dictionary definition for: Encouraging

1. (a) giving courage or confidence or hope; "encouraging advances in medical research"

2. (s) furnishing support and encouragement; "the anxious child needs supporting and accepting treatment from the teacher"

3. (s) tending to favor or bring good luck; "miracles are auspicious accidents" "encouraging omens" "a favorable time to ask for a raise" "lucky stars" "a prosperous moment to make a decision"

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