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Synonyms for discouraging

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. discouraging(adj)

    depriving of confidence or hope or enthusiasm and hence often deterring action

    "where never is heard a discouraging word"

    hortatory, exhortatory, promotive, hortative, inspiriting, heartening, persuasive, encouraging, rallying, exhortative

  2. discouraging(adj)

    expressing disapproval

    hortative, hortatory, exhortatory, rallying, exhortative, persuasive, inspiriting, promotive, encouraging, heartening

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. discouraging(a)

    depressing, disheartening, dissuasive

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  1. Wade Fleming:

    We are not discouraging people from spending time at Coquina Beach, we've met many people from Florida who said they've never heard of necrotizing fasciitis.


    Do make up your mind that you are going to be strong and never weak come what may in your lifetime, resolve now that you will always motivate or inspire everyone you meet rather than discouraging them, decide to look at the positive side of everyone and everything in order to make your optimism come true, resolve to think only the best, to work only for the best and to expect only the best, decide to be just as happy about the success of others as you are about your own, dare to forgive your own self and others, as well forget the mistakes of your past and then press on towards the great future ahead of you. Because, the future ahead of you is far more promising than your past. Just endeavour to do all of the above. For, you will eventually be glad that you did all that, believe you me. ~Emeasoba George.

  3. Finance Minister Taro Aso:

    As a result, it should encourage Japan-bound investment rather than discouraging it.

  4. Emeasoba George:

    Failure is a pathway to success. Yes! although it seems discouraging initially. But, eventually it leads to success. Provided you don't quit/give up.

  5. E. B. White:

    Humor can be dissected as a frog can, but the thing dies in the process and the innards are discouraging to any but the pure scientific mind.


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