ad·​van·​ta·​geous | \ ˌad-ˌvan-ˈtā-jəs , -vən-\

Definition of advantageous

: giving an advantage : favorable an advantageous opportunity

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Other Words from advantageous

advantageously adverb
advantageousness noun

Examples of advantageous in a Sentence

Her experience placed her in an advantageous position to apply for the job. a trade agreement that is advantageous to both countries

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While the military operates a number of these, others are handled by civilian agencies like the NSA, as it was found to be advantageous to have multiple sources of intelligence. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Mike Pence introduces Pentagon report calling for a space force," 9 Aug. 2018 The politics of health care, so advantageous to Republicans for most of this decade, have been turned upside-down in 2018. Dylan Scott, Vox, "The real Republican record on preexisting conditions: GOP is trying to roll back protections," 18 Oct. 2018 Negotiation-training sessions for prospective contractors in East Asia feature stories of Americans who arrive in the region with a proposal and a plane ticket, eager to seal the mutually advantageous deal. I. William Zartman, WSJ, "Kim Jong Un and the Art of the Asian Deal," 24 June 2018 Getting online is financially advantageous for folks in low-income regions, especially Africa and Asia, where lack of connectivity is highest. Troy Farah, Discover Magazine, "The Web, Worldwide," 19 Oct. 2018 The Trump administration announced this week a new trade deal that will lift steel tariffs on South Korea in exchange for greater access to their auto market, an agreement that both sides find economically advantageous. Kurtis Lee,, "In Trump’s orbit, few people are safe. Here’s a look at who might get booted next," 30 Mar. 2018 Whereas before a bequest to a college may have been more tax-advantageous than leaving money to heirs, now wealthy estates can pass on more to their descendants untaxed—perhaps leaving less to donate to colleges. Jillian Berman, WSJ, "New Tax Law Could Cut Giving to Colleges," 23 Mar. 2018 But the Warriors believe Curry has steadily improved defensively in the past four years, making the strategy less advantageous. Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle, "Stephen Curry taking great pride in his defense for Warriors," 16 May 2018 Rashaad Penny, RB, Seahawks With many of the rookie running backs—Penny, Derrius Guice, Ronald Jones, Sony Michel and Royce Freeman chief among them—playing in advantageous conditions, at least on paper, one of them is bound to break out. Michael Beller,, "Fantasy Football 2018 Breakouts: Can Patrick Mahomes Make the Leap?," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of advantageous

1550, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for advantageous

borrowed from Middle French avantageus, avantajose, from avantage advantage entry 1 + -eus, -ose -ous

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English Language Learners Definition of advantageous

: helpful or favorable : giving an advantage to someone


ad·​van·​ta·​geous | \ ˌad-vən-ˈtā-jəs , -ˌvan-\

Kids Definition of advantageous

: giving a benefit especially that others do not have : giving an advantage A college degree is advantageous when job hunting.

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advantageously adverb

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