Simple Definition of propitious
: likely to have or produce good results
Examples of propitious in a sentence
Now is a propitious time to start a business.
<the success of the first big movie in May was a propitious start for the summer season of blockbusters>
Did You Know?
Propitious, which comes to us through Middle English from the Latin word propitius (same meaning as "propitious"), is a synonym of "favorable" and "auspicious." All three essentially mean "pointing toward a happy outcome," with some differences of emphasis. "Favorable" implies that the persons involved in a situation are approving or helpful, or that circumstances are advantageous ("favorable weather conditions"). "Auspicious" usually applies to a sign or omen that promises success before or at the start of an event ("an auspicious beginning"). "Propitious" may also apply to beginnings, but it often suggests a continuing promising condition ("propitious conditions for an alliance").
Synonym Discussion of propitious
Rhymes with propitious
ambitious, auspicious, capricious, delicious, factitious, fictitious, flagitious, judicious, lubricious, malicious, nutritious, officious, pernicious, pumiceous, seditious, sericeous, suspicious
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