Definition of nurturance in English:



  • 1Emotional and physical nourishment and care given to someone.

    ‘sources of nurturance and security’
    • ‘While attachment folks would probably agree with this, these same people want their baby to expect them to consistently respond to their needs for emotional and physical care and nurturance.’
    • ‘So, the lack of emotional nurturance and feedback is a major part of the G2's problem.’
    • ‘Perhaps most important, a first generation of children are learning that artifacts have a life cycle, and that they need care, even emotional nurturance.’
    • ‘From my own clinical experience, incest appears to have a more complicated impact on development, which may arise from the mixed feelings felt toward the abuser who not infrequently may also be the main source of nurturance for the child.’
    • ‘They regularly noted that the inter-group events made their ‘bellies happy’, a sign of health, physical and spiritual nurturance shared with all present, with friends.’
    • ‘In other cases, mealtime social interactions were non-verbal and included a smile, a gentle touch on the leg, or eye contact between two people, all of which could be considered a form of emotional nurturance.’
    • ‘Echoed responses generally concern the effects on children of inadequate nurturance resulting from instability in the home environment and poor parent-child communication.’
    • ‘This often results in her disengagement from mother-child interaction, and interferes with the attentiveness and nurturance needed by her infant to develop securely.’
    • ‘They may go to excessive lengths to obtain nurturance and support from others, even to the point of volunteering for unpleasant tasks if such behavior will bring the care that they need.’
    • ‘In our Columbia County Study, we relied on parent and child reports of parental punishment, rejection, nurturance, and monitoring.’
    • ‘They tend to be overly concerned about abandonment and make unreasonable demands upon a partner for reassurance and nurturance.’
    • ‘Even children who do not get their nurturance and attachment needs met by a parent may get those needs met by others.’
    • ‘It is not surprising that in his later works, Huysmans should replace the lonely des Esseintes with the convert Durtal, who finds solace in the Mother Church and the Virgin Mary, source of all nurturance and forgiveness.’
    • ‘Also, counselors look to engage all adults who can act as sources of nurturance and guidance for the teen.’
    • ‘The children have a number of behavioural and developmental difficulties likely arising from the lack of nurturance and care in their early lives when the father was involved with their mother.’
    • ‘Steil reported that husbands and wives who maintained an equal balance of power gave and received higher levels of communal nurturance, positive regard, affirmation, and empathy to one another-all aspects of a healthy relationship.’
    • ‘The emphasis is on relationships, security, sensitivity, nurturance, children and family.’
    • ‘Individuals whose experiences with parents have been consistently characterized by warmth, nurturance, and predictability will have higher quality peer relationships and more positive emotional adjustment.’
    • ‘Jacqueline W. described how welfare helped her provide her infant daughter the security and nurturance she needed while she attended school part-time.’
    • ‘From an aesthetic appreciation of the random mind can be derived a moral perspective, and an argument concerning the ethical treatment of individual experimentation and its social nurturance.’
    1. 1.1The ability to provide emotional and physical care.
      ‘such womanly qualities as nurturance and domesticity’
      • ‘Her presence and nurturance literally restore Okonkwo to life in the wake of Ikemefuna's death and his forced, seven-year exile in Mbanta.’
      • ‘In addition to the departure of the nurturance scenario from the original hypotheses of the study, ratings for one other scenario also did not conform to predictions.’
      • ‘They were also asked to complete a personality test that assessed dominance and nurturance.’
      • ‘In a similar fashion, strong relatedness themes are evident in the feminine attributes of warmth and nurturance, along with a concern for others.’



/ˈnərCHər(ə)ns/ /ˈnərtʃər(ə)ns/