|a.||1.||Furnishing ground to hope; inspiriting; favoring.|
|Adj.||1.||encouraging - giving courage or confidence or hope; "encouraging advances in medical research"|
discouraging - depriving of confidence or hope or enthusiasm and hence often deterring action; "where never is heard a discouraging word"
|2.||encouraging - furnishing support and encouragement; "the anxious child needs supporting and accepting treatment from the teacher"|
|3.||encouraging - 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"|