favorable

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adjective fa·vor·able \ˈfā-v(ə-)rə-bəl, ˈfā-vər-bəl\

Definition of favorable

  1. 1a :  disposed to favor :  partial taking a favorable attitude toward our requestb :  expressing approval :  commendatory The movie received a favorable review.c :  giving a result that is in one's favor a favorable comparisond :  affirmative a favorable reply

  2. 2 :  winning approval :  pleasing a favorable impression

  3. 3a :  tending to promote or facilitate :  advantageous a favorable windb :  marked by success a favorable demonstration of a new invention

favorability

play \ˌfā-v(ə-)rə-ˈbi-lə-tē, ˌfā-vər-\ noun

favorableness

noun

favorably

play \ˈfā-v(ə-)rə-blē, ˈfā-vər-blē\ adverb

Examples of favorable in a Sentence

  1. The new play got many favorable reviews.

  2. He was given a favorable recommendation.

  3. Early test results were favorable.

Origin and Etymology of favorable

see 1favor


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of 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

FAVORABLE Defined for English Language Learners

favorable

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adjective fa·vor·able \ˈfā-v(ə-)rə-bəl, ˈfā-vər-bəl\

Definition of favorable for English Language Learners

  • : showing approval

  • : expressing approval : giving or providing what is desired

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


FAVORABLE Defined for Kids

favorable

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adjective fa·vor·able \ˈfā-və-rə-bəl, ˈfāv-rə-\

Definition of favorable for Students

  1. 1 :  showing approval a favorable opinion

  2. 2 :  tending to help favorable weather

favorably

\-blē\ adverb


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