fa·​vor·​able | \ˈfā-v(ə-)rə-bəl, 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

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Other Words from favorable

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

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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.
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Similarly, some business executives have posited that a prevalence of high heels signals favorable economic conditions. Ray A. Smith, WSJ, "This Is Big: The New Oversize Silhouette," 17 Oct. 2018 First, there’s Valais, known for its distinctive microclimate: The valley here is sunny and dry, with bursts of warm wind in the fall, making it particularly favorable to late- ripening grape varieties. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Swiss Wine Vacation We All Need to Take," 11 Sep. 2018 Forecasters predict a 60-percent chance of favorable conditions Sunday night. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "SpaceX launches heavy telecom satellite, sticks high-seas landing," 10 Sep. 2018 The National Gardening Association recommends letting the perimeter of your yard grow wild to create these favorable conditions. Rebecca Straus, Good Housekeeping, "5 Ways to Attract Fireflies to Your Yard," 19 July 2018 This growing method uses lighting to mimic favorable conditions for the hops. Lauren Delgado, OrlandoSentinel.com, "5 questions about Florida Hops," 9 July 2018 When spring arrives, two primary factors create a change: the phytoplankton bloom removes CO2 from the water through photosynthesis, and the water gets warmer, making conditions more favorable for shell production. Laine Welch, Anchorage Daily News, "For Alaska sockeye salmon, record highs in Bristol Bay, record lows nearly everywhere else," 9 July 2018 More favorable weather conditions allowed firefighters to increase containment to 15%. Alene Tchekmedyian, latimes.com, "Some mandatory evacuation orders lifted, others expanded in Yolo County fire," 4 July 2018 The wind at Hayward Field was swirling all afternoon, and Henderson’s 100 and 200 heats both had the least favorable conditions of the semifinals. Mark Zeigler, sandiegouniontribune.com, "SDSU's Ashley Henderson advances to NCAA track final in 200 but not 100," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of favorable

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

History and Etymology for favorable

see favor entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of favorable

: showing approval

: expressing approval : giving or providing what is desired

: giving a result that helps, benefits, or shows approval of someone


fa·​vor·​able | \ˈfā-və-rə-bəl, 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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