14 English Adjectives For Describing Relationships

Learn English adjectives for describing relationships. 14 English adjectives for relationships. Negative and positive adjectives.

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14 English adjectives for describing relationships

Well, in today’s class, we’re going to look at adjectives, and we’re going to look at English adjectives for describing relationships.

We’re all involved in relationships somehow in some part of our lives.

So relationships are a really, really important part of our lives. So I’m going to give you some insight into the adjectives that we use to describe different aspects of our relationships, both good and bad.

We’ve got 14 individual adjectives describing relationships. So I list them down one by one, and then I’ll go through them and give you an example as to what they mean and how to use them.

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supportive

Meaning: somebody who’s supportive is always there to give help

Example:

I have a strong, loving and very supportive relationship with my parents. Mum is always supportive when I have a problem.

distant

Meaning: lacking togetherness, emotions and feelings

Example:

The key to repairing an emotionally distant relationship with your partner is communication and sincere listening skills.

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tight-knit

Meaning: (often in relation to family) really close, bonded, really connected together

Example:

They are a very tight-knit family. If a problem happens for one member of the family, they’re all there.

caring

Meaning: to be kind and generous, help people who need support

Examples: 

He has a very caring personality. He likes to look after people. He’s always there if his mother needs him.

She’s very caring with her elderly grandmother, she goes to visit her every weekend. She brings food. She cleans the house.

14 English adjectives for describing relationships

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Meaning: a relationship which is built on trust and love

Examples:

When we’re trying to establish a close relationship, we have to understand the other party and respect them.

They have a very close relationship. They have been together since they were teenagers. Nothing seems to upset them.

tense

Meaning: never relaxed, there are always problems likely to happen

Examples:

There’s a very tense relationship because he’s lost his job and he is a little bit nervy.

There’s a tense relationship because she’s not quite sure whether she wants to get married or not.

14 English adjectives for describing relationships

dysfunctional

Meaning: everybody’s doing their own thing, nobody looking after the other

Example:

If you came from a dysfunctional family, you’re not alone. You don’t need to repeat mistakes.

insincere

Meaning: pretending to be friendly, but in reality, there is no love, no respect, no feeling

Example:

The comments that she makes have been completely insincere. They’re just words.

14 English adjectives for describing relationships

14 English adjectives for relationships. Describe relationships in English. Learn English vocabulary. Online Englsih lessons on Zoom and Skype englishlessonviaskype.com

hollow

Meaning: it’s empty, there’s no love, there’s no respect, there are no feelings

Example:

The relationship was hollow. I felt that nobody was loving me, caring or bothered about me at all.

fake

Meaning: is not really a true relationship

Example:

Lily had a fake relationship with her best friend. She always pretended to be interested in what Loren was saying.

dishonest

Meaning: a relationship where people are not true to their words

Example:

I don’t want us to have a dishonest relationship. That’s not what you deserve. I love you.

weak

Meaning: it cannot stand any tension or pressure

Example:

If you have a weak relationship, it will not withstand any work-related troubles. It will collapse.

14 English adjectives for describing relationships

stable

Meaning: built upon loyalty, trust, safety and consistency

Examples:

By the time she reached her mid-twenties, she had settled down in a stable relationship.

They’ve been in a stable relationship since their first date 15 years ago.

solid

Meaning: built upon loyalty, trust, safety and consistency

Example:

If you can sort out your differences in a constructive manner, it is a good sign that you are in a solid relationship.

That’s all about English adjectives for describing relationships. Let me give them to you one more time:

  • supportive
  • distant
  • tight-knit
  • caring
  • close
  • tense
  • dysfunctional
  • insincere
  • hollow
  • fake
  • dishonest
  • weak
  • stable
  • solid

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