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adjective pro·pi·tious \prə-ˈpi-shəs\

Simple Definition of propitious

  • : likely to have or produce good results

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of propitious

  1. 1 :  favorably disposed :  benevolent

  2. 2 :  being a good omen :  auspicious <propitious sign>

  3. 3 :  tending to favor :  advantageous

propitiously adverb
propitiousness noun

Examples of propitious in a sentence

  1. Now is a propitious time to start a business.

  2. <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").

Origin of propitious

Middle English propycyous, from Anglo-French propicius, from Latin propitius, probably from pro- for + petere to seek — more at pro-, feather

First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of propitious

favorable, auspicious, propitious mean pointing toward a happy outcome. favorable implies that the persons involved are approving or helpful or that the circumstances are advantageous <favorable weather conditions>. auspicious applies to something taken as a sign or omen promising success before or at the start of an event <an auspicious beginning>. propitious may also apply to beginnings but often implies a continuing favorable condition <a propitious time for starting a business>.

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