What does the word encouragement mean?

Usage examples for encouragement

  1. Each time he met her the more he was attracted, and yet he could not say that she gave him any encouragement. – The Three Lieutenants by W.H.G. Kingston
  2. No word of encouragement came from him. – The Song of Songs by Hermann Sudermann
  3. If he could only have foreseen this return he would have listened to the whispered encouragement of the forest. – The Abandoned Room by Wadsworth Camp