nurturant

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From nurture +‎ -ant.

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Adjective[edit]

nurturant (comparative more nurturant, superlative most nurturant)

  1. (psychology) That provides nourishment; nurturing. [from 20th c.]
    • 1990, Camille Paglia, Sexual Personae:
      In other words, liberalism defines government as tyrant father but demands it behave as nurturant mother.

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Noun[edit]

nurturant (plural nurturants)

  1. That which nurtures; a nurturing factor or influence.
    • 1975, Austin Herbert Riesen, The developmental neuropsychology of sensory deprivation (page 171)
      By removing one or another aspect from an organism's visual environment, one can determine the essential visual nurturants. The latter are then considered the basic visual-environmental determinants of the development of visual perception.