Support System Definition Meaning

: a network of people who provide an individual with practical or emotional support

Example Sentences
students who have good support systems at home

Recent Examples on the Web All bully prevention apps—whatever their features—seem to stand in as a support system of sorts. WIRED, 10 Nov. 2022 Kim is touting nearly $10 million in investment income earned in 2020, up from $2 million four years ago, the launch of online billing to cut printing and postage costs and the launch of a 24-hour-a-day support system among her accomplishments. Gavin Good, Chicago Tribune, 27 Oct. 2022 While the debate among the scientific community about how much scientists should be involved in politics isn’t new, the need for a support system for STEM candidates to get off the sidelines is needed now, more than ever. Shaughnessy Naughton, Scientific American, 26 Oct. 2022 Between her professors and being a proud member of the Alpha Pi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, her college experience has nurtured her and provided her with a robust support system. Janae Mckenzie, Glamour, 20 Oct. 2022 All the while, Scott was figuring it out alone, without a family support system to fall back on. Chloe Berger, Fortune, 18 Oct. 2022 So, with a support system in place, there’s nothing left to do but dive right in. Samantha Highfill,, 21 Sep. 2022 But unfortunately, women are often in the role of the support system rather than the one being supported. Jamie Spain, Good Housekeeping, 19 Sep. 2022 One such group, The Phoenix, fits in as a perfect support system for the Summit. Will Schube, SPIN, 29 Aug. 2022 See More These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word ‘support system.’ Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Word History
1980, in the meaning defined above

The first known use of support system was in Dictionary Entries Near support system
Cite this Entry
“Support system.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition
: a network of people who provide someone with practical or emotional support

Medical Definition
: a network of people who provide an individual with practical or emotional support

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