I would like to know an proper equivalent adjective of the verb called 'encourage'

For example: I am talking with my friend about a topic as follows:

Me: This topic makes me encourage for investigating a novel technique. Let's delve into!

Him: Indeed, the topis is very [ encourageable | encouraging ].

Which adjective is correct to express about what the topic is? Or Do you know any other words to express the meaning?

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  • The Me: bit doesn't really make sense – akkatracker Mar 27 '14 at 11:56
  • @Hakan Perhaps you're thinking of "intriguing". – Damkerng T. Mar 27 '14 at 12:00

First, I think, as @akkatracker said, your "Me" sentence doesn't make sense. I think the answer's @JoeMcMahon might be the right sentence like:

Me: This topic encourages me to investigate a novel technique. Let's delve into it!  

Then, (because it's really the topic of your issue) the first answer could to be "encouraging".
However, to use other adjectives and be as near as possible to the verb "encourage" (vb transitive), you need to know exactly what does it means:

to inspire (someone) with the courage or confidence (to do something).
to stimulate (something or someone to do something) by approval or help; support.

In your case, you want to investigate a novel technique because this topic inspires you or it stimulates you to learn something. With the help of this topic, learning a novel technique doesn't seem difficult, so you say "Let's go! We will have fun to learn this". And if "Him" has the same enthusiast than yours, he might say:

Him: Indeed, the topic is very inspiring.  


Him: Indeed, the topic is very stimulating.  

Also, you can say (roughly and in a good way:) "This topic pushes me to do this", so you can use adjectives as: "exciting", "inviting", "inciting", and "attractive".

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  • Actually, I'm not sure about stimulating in this context. The topic may stimulate conversation or thought, but I'm not a fan of the topic being stimulating by itself... It doesn't sound right to me, perhaps because of the other meanings of the word stimulate. – Alicja Z Mar 28 '14 at 16:19
  • Indeed, you're right because "stimulating" (from stimulate: to excite (a nerve, organ, etc)) is a physiological/psychological reference. However, this adjective is also often used metaphorically. For example, an interesting or fun activity can be described as stimulating, regardless of its physical effects. When you look at the definition of "encourage": stimulate with help, support of something, you can mean that it will be stimulating to do with the aid of it, because it will be easy. Therefore, you can consider that the topic is a stimulus. – fllo Mar 28 '14 at 17:03

"encouragable" is definitely wrong

"encouraging" could be used, but it's not the best choice here, if I understand correctly what you're trying to say:

  • a solution can seem encouraging (= you think it will work)
  • an encouraging topic sounds a bit awkward, but might be ok in a particular situation, eg. if you're looking for topics for your thesis, and you think that this specific topic will be a good one to work on
  • in such cases, "encouraging" could be used to mean "promising"

Other words you might want to use instead are: "intriguing", "compelling", "fascinating" (though note that you shouldn't say *"very fascinating", just "fascinating"), or even plain old "interesting".

That being said, the Me: part of your example dialog is written in very awkward/incorrect English. Might I suggest:

Me: This topic makes me interested in investigating a novel technique. Let's delve into it!

Him: Indeed, the topic is very compelling.
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I think what you're communicating is that the topic has made you feel that a novel approach may lead to a solution if one uses it. Have I got that right? If so, I might say it this way:

This topic encourages me to try a novel technique. Let's try it!
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