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. Med.helping to maintain a normal physiological balance, as by the intravenous administration of required nutriment.