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

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Other Words from favorable

favorability \ ˌfā-​v(ə-​)rə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce favorability (audio) , ˌfā-​vər-​ \ noun
favorableness noun
favorably \ ˈfā-​v(ə-​)rə-​blē How to pronounce favorably (audio) , 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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Recent Examples on the Web More voters view DeSantis favorably than unfavorably by 18 points (53 favorable, 35 unfavorable). Fox News, "Fox News Poll: Biden and Trump in tight race in Florida," 23 Apr. 2020 So those pathogens are most successful when conditions for transmission are most favorable, which is usually winter. Sara Goudarzi, Scientific American, "Lessons from Past Outbreaks Could Help Fight the Coronavirus Pandemic," 23 Mar. 2020 Odds are most favorable during extended periods of cold weather that chill the water and cause the fish to concentrate in deep water, often around pods of shad. Matt Williams, Dallas News, "Big fish story: Local guide has a knack for finding whoppers," 14 Mar. 2020 Critics noted that Bush had failed to win the popular vote, and that the Supreme Court vote was split 5-4, with the conservative justices in the majority delivering an outcome favorable to their political leanings. Sarah Burns, The Conversation, "‘Stolen’ elections open wounds that may never heal," 11 Feb. 2020 At the same time, military officials worked behind the scenes to steer the narrative back in a more favorable light. Brett Murphy, USA Today, "Inside the U.S. military raid against its own security guards that left dozens of Afghan children dead," 30 Dec. 2019 To rally from a 12-point deficit behind Plan B players compelled to step up can be a source of confidence if seen in a reasonably favorable light. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville basketball's ability to come back without Nwora should take sting out to loss," 29 Dec. 2019 Statistical comparisons that were favorable for the Bengals earlier were starting to slide in the wrong direction. Pat Brennan, Cincinnati.com, "Bengals drop to 0-8 in 24-10 loss to Los Angeles Rams at London's Wembley Stadium," 27 Oct. 2019 Other favorable outcomes, board members and staff said, have been the ability to transfer into a school because of academic programs like foreign languages or out of a school to get a fresh start after a social or mental health struggle. Catalina Righter, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Sports-related concerns spur Carroll County Board of Education to look into high school transfer policy," 29 Sep. 2019

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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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The first known use of favorable was in the 14th century

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16 May 2020

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“Favorable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/favorable. Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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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 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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