favorable

adjective
fa·​vor·​able | \ ˈfā-v(ə-)rə-bəl How to pronounce favorable (audio) , ˈfā-vər-bəl \

Definition of favorable

1a : disposed to favor : partial taking a favorable attitude toward our request
b : expressing approval : commendatory The movie received a favorable review.
c : giving a result that is in one's favor a favorable comparison
d : affirmative a favorable reply
2 : winning approval : pleasing a favorable impression
3a : tending to promote or facilitate : advantageous a favorable wind
b : marked by success a favorable demonstration of a new invention

Other Words from favorable

favorability \ ˌfā-​v(ə-​)rə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce favorable (audio) , ˌfā-​vər-​ \ noun
favorableness noun
favorably \ ˈfā-​v(ə-​)rə-​blē How to pronounce favorable (audio) , ˈfā-​vər-​blē \ adverb

Choose the Right Synonym for favorable

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

Examples of favorable in a Sentence

The new play got many favorable reviews. He was given a favorable recommendation. Early test results were favorable.
Recent Examples on the Web Hundreds of foreign climbers and an equal number of Sherpa guides are set to attempt climbs of Everest in May, the month when weather conditions in the Himalayan peaks are most favorable for climbing. Hartford Courant, 12 May 2022 Hundreds of foreign climbers and an equal number of Sherpa guides are set to attempt climbs of Everest in May, the month when weather conditions in the Himalayan peaks are most favorable for climbing. Binaj Gurubacharya, USA TODAY, 12 May 2022 The economics of a stadium tour are favorable for the acts and the promoter. Eric Fuller, Forbes, 1 May 2022 As a result, cultural attributes that favor education and innovation become more valuable, so families with those attributes are more likely to reproduce, resulting in a population that is more favorable for further technological development. Washington Post, 29 Apr. 2022 In an election year and with war raging in Europe, the politics are even less favorable for passing an immigration bill. San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Mar. 2022 Interest rates this year will be less favorable for vehicle buyers, particularly those with lower credit scores, Cox Automotive chief economist Jonathan Smoke wrote in a blog post Wednesday in response to the Federal Reserve's announcement. NBC News, 27 Jan. 2022 Ukraine are more favorable for moving heavy tanks and weaponry. Los Angeles Times, 21 Jan. 2022 Broadly speaking, our results indicate that over the entire period, changes in the British exchange rate were not favorable for Bond or British travelers. Harper’s Magazine , 18 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of favorable

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for favorable

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15 May 2022

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“Favorable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/favorable. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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favorable

adjective
fa·​vor·​able | \ ˈfā-və-rə-bəl How to pronounce favorable (audio) , ˈfāv-rə- \

Kids Definition of favorable

1 : showing approval a favorable opinion
2 : tending to help favorable weather

Other Words from favorable

favorably \ -​blē \ adverb

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