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 favorable (audio) , ˌfā-​vər-​ \ noun
favorableness noun
favorably \ ˈfā-​v(ə-​)rə-​blē How to pronounce favorable (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 Columbus’ fund essentially functions as a low-interest lender, offering below-market-rate loans or loans with more favorable terms to developers to help finance projects that might not otherwise get off the ground. Hannah K. Sparling, The Enquirer, "Issue 3: How do other cities run their affordable housing trust funds?," 29 Apr. 2021 Under Biden and Garland, the Justice Department could settle many of the legal challenges brought against both these programs on favorable terms for the plaintiffs or decline to appeal rulings against them in the lower courts. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The Mystery of Merrick Garland," 26 Apr. 2021 Other reasons for optimism include Urban’s taking advantage of today’s favorable lease terms and planning 34 new store openings in 2021. Sanford Stein, Forbes, "Urban Outfitters Is Growing and Its Flagship’s Newest Design Shines," 26 Apr. 2021 Despite a more favorable Senate makeup, former Vice President Mike Pence had to cast tiebreaking votes for four of former President Donald Trump’s nominees. Gabriel T. Rubin, WSJ, "Hassan Stresses Independence as She Faces 2022 Election Threat," 23 Apr. 2021 Clowney’s view of the Browns was much more favorable this offseason, and he was intrigued by the idea of joining a Super Bowl contender. cleveland, "Inside Jadeveon Clowney’s signing and Sheldon Richardson’s release and why you should stay tuned: Browns Insider," 18 Apr. 2021 The Mavericks are just two games behind Portland and have a much more favorable schedule the rest of the season. oregonlive, "Portland Trail Blazers can’t overcome Charlotte Hornets’ blistering first quarter, lose 109-101: Game rewind," 18 Apr. 2021 In Congress, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is a co-sponsor on a bill that would allow newspapers to join forces in order to negotiate more favorable deals with digital platforms like Google. Patrik Jonsson, The Christian Science Monitor, "‘Real journalism.’ Inside the battle to save local newspapers.," 12 Apr. 2021 Average conditions or even La Niña conditions create a more favorable environment for tropical storm development. Allison Chinchar And Haley Brink, CNN, "Forecasters expect another overactive hurricane season with 17 named storms," 8 Apr. 2021

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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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“Favorable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/favorable. Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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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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