favorable

adjective
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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His favorable numbers are especially noteworthy in a region that has long been wary of American intrusion. ... Santiago Pérez, WSJ, "Trump, Unpopular Elsewhere, Has Lots of Fans in Venezuela," 6 Mar. 2019 Guam's airport has large runways, a favorable climate, and a latitude only about 14 degrees north of the equator. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Rokot ending, more spaceports, back-to-back Falcon Heavies," 21 Dec. 2018 Trump had a strong favorable reaction to Kethledge, while Barrett was seen as a less likely choice. Jennifer Jacobs And Mark Niquette, Houston Chronicle, "Trump making Supreme Court pick to cement conservative majority," 9 July 2018 Favreto was the weekend duty judge in the region where da Silva is being held, and critics said Lula’s lawyers had tried to get the issue before a favorable judge. Ernesto Londoño, BostonGlobe.com, "Judge orders Brazil to release ex-president," 8 July 2018 Simply cultivating the arid soil, this theory postulated, will bring about permanent changes in the local climate, turning it more humid and thus favorable to crops. Johnforristerross, Longreads, "Taming the Great American Desert," 2 July 2018 With Rondo leaving a favorable situation in New Orleans to join LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers, it’s probably time to put that six-year-old feud aside. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "Rajon Rondo's move to Los Angeles makes his multi-year feud with Ray Allen look silly," 2 July 2018 After a favorable decision in appellate court, Abdul-Jabbar settled out of court with General Motors, which used his former name, Lew Alcindor, as part of a trivia question in a car ad. Mark Alesia, Indianapolis Star, "Five takeaways from state Supreme Court hearing on fantasy sports, athlete compensation," 28 June 2018 On the good side, the regulatory environment looks ... favorable? Casey Newton, The Verge, "How Democrats’ victory in the midterms will be good for Facebook," 8 Nov. 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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favorable

adjective

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

favorable

adjective
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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