I'm looking for a word similar to altruistic, but that doesn't necessarily indicate self-sacrificing. More like "my grandfather was always really interested in what was going on in my life and supportive of my actions without passing judgement". I suppose caring or supportive work, but are a bit vague.

  • I have never thought of 'altruistic' as being self-sacrificing. Lexico says 'selfless' and 'unselfish' which are not the same thing. But it is the wrong word to use here anyway. Jul 18 at 15:29
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    Altruistic is usually used to refer to some generous action. Whereas your example sentence makes no implication that your grandfather ever actually did anything significant for you, simply that he cared about you. Are you looking for a word for generous actions or good feelings?
    – wavemode
    Jul 18 at 15:38
  • I can't suggest a single word, more of a tweak: "My grandfather was genuinely interested in what was going on in my life, and was always supportive of my decisions, never passing judgement." Jul 18 at 15:38
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    Look up kindly (adjective) or benevolent in a thesaurus? It's hard to be more precise since the question is a little vague about what precise meaning you want: are you looking for the specific meaning "supportive without passing judgement", "supportive without passing judgement or putting himself out unduly", or something else? Otherwise supportive seems fine - what is your problem with it? What shade of meaning does it not supply?
    – Stuart F
    Jul 18 at 16:16
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    I'm not sure why supportive doesn't work for you. He was in your corner. He was your biggest cheerleader. Jul 19 at 1:35


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