discouraging discouraging  /dɪs ˈkɜ rə dʒɪŋ/


  1. (adj) depriving of confidence or hope or enthusiasm and hence often deterring action
  2. (adj) expressing disapproval


  1. Some have begun discouraging problem commenters by simply removing the vowels from their posts, a process known as disemvoweling.
  2. The prospects for a turnaround anytime soon are not good, as companies engaged in recruitment report discouraging numbers as well.
  3. The Second Vatican Council has since abolished the index, but that does not mean the hierarchy has stopped discouraging books it does not like, especially those written by priests.


  1. Maine Senate: No local sales taxes allowed

    Municipal leaders want the revenue opportunity, but others say it would be discouraging to tourism.
    on June 21, 2013     Source: Portland Press Herald

  2. Finally -- Light At the End of Concussion Tunnel

    Since I became alarmed some thirty years ago about the lack of certainty for long term consequences caused by concussions suffered by my superstar NFL clients--the news has gotten progressively more discouraging. Breakthroughs in brain research and extensive testing of retired athletes has made it clear that our society is about to witness an epidemic of symptoms and damage in athletes in a ...
    on June 21, 2013     Source: Forbes

  3. Miami Heat still slight favorites to win NBA Finals over San Antonio Spurs

    A 3-2 deficit isn’t discouraging oddsmakers, who still list the Heat as slight favorites in the NBA Finals versus the Spurs. Bovada.lv has Miami, which fell to San Antonio 114-104 in Game 5 on Sunday, at -130 to win the Finals despite the fact that the Spurs can close out the series in Game 6 tonight in Miami.
    on June 18, 2013     Source: Sports Illustrated


  1. "With the reforms we are proposing today, we seek to put in place rules that will allow our markets to promote innovation while discouraging abuse," Obama said.
    on Jun 18, 2009 By: Barack Obama Source: Canada.com

  2. "Obviously it's discouraging, I was the last one and it's only the third round," Reynolds said. "That's not something we like to tip our hats to."
    on Jun 27, 2008 By: Bobby Reynolds Source: International Herald Tribune

  3. "This is probably the most painful time to miss games," Nowitzki said. "That's very discouraging."
    on Mar 24, 2008 By: Dirk Nowitzki Source: International Herald Tribune

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