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What's a good word for hope instilling, as in "it is (hope instilling) to see that the first thing we teach our children is to say hello"..

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Inspiring, inspirational, and uplifting.

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Enheartening sounds like a good option to me.

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Or just plain heartening, which I'd have thought is more common. –  FumbleFingers Dec 15 '11 at 22:43
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I like propitious - indicative of favor; auspicious

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This is a nice one. But my sentence would require more context with that word, no? How could I use that in my sentence? –  maq Dec 15 '11 at 23:39
    
@mohabitar: I think the only context required for your sentence to make propitious suitable is that it should be in the general context of a conversation touching on favourable/unfavourable aspects of children's upbringing, and their possible futures. But you're right that it does need some context. Whereas with heartening, you could just come out with your sentence in isolation - as a simple observation, not necessarily in the context of any ongoing conversation at all. –  FumbleFingers Dec 15 '11 at 23:49
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Encouraging might be the word you're looking for. (Other options include promising and, in some cases, auspicious.)

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I'm not sure why this hasn't been suggested yet, but how about hopeful?

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Rather than find a word that means "hope instilling," you might consider just rewriting your sentence to say what you want:

It instills hope to see that the first thing we teach our children is to say hello.

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