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Princeton's WordNet

  1. discouragingadjective

    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. discouragingadjective

    expressing disapproval

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

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  1. discouragingadjective

    depressing, disheartening, dissuasive

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  1. Mark Twain:

    It is discouraging to try and penetrate a mind like yours. You ought to get it out and dance on it. That would take some of the rigidity out of it.


    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. Scott Phillips:

    While sensible on the face of it, these changes carry a very real risk of discouraging much needed, national interest investment as Australia heads into our first recession in 29 years.

  4. Mike Lee:

    There’s not an easy, simple answer. We need pro-family policies, we need to identify policies that might be harming families or undermining them, that might be discouraging people from getting married or that punish them for doing so, or other policies that erode the family structure.

  5. Lauri Myllyvirta:

    So far, the government seems to be walking a line of maintaining friendly relationships with Russia without encouraging or directing Chinese firms to increase business with the country, and discouraging anything that might run afoul of the sanctions imposed on China, this line does mean that China's imports from Russia are likely to grow simply on market basis, as other buyers move to embargo Russian fossil fuels.


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