What does the word encouragement mean?

Usage examples for encouragement

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. No word of encouragement came from him. – The Song of Songs by Hermann Sudermann