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 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. 2 :  winning approval :  pleasing <a favorable impression>

  3. 3a :  tending to promote or facilitate :  advantageous <a favorable wind>b :  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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