favorable

adjective
fa·​vor·​able | \ ˈfā-v(ə-)rə-bəl, 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 , ˌfā-​vər-​ \ noun
favorableness noun
favorably \ ˈfā-​v(ə-​)rə-​blē , ˈfā-​vər-​blē \ adverb

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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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Analysts say the trouble started in Brazil, where the real has weakened 14% against the dollar, boosting that country’s exports even as coffee producers from Colombia to Honduras suffer from less-favorable exchange rates. Robbie Whelan, WSJ, "Low Coffee-Bean Prices Brew Trouble for Farmers," 19 Dec. 2018 The game has garnered critical praise from the gaming press alongside those astronomical sales figures, though our review, while favorable on the whole, noted that its narrative and open-world design can sometimes feel at odds with each other. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "Dealmaster: A PS4 and Red Dead Redemption 2 for $199 may be the best deal of Cyber Monday [Updated]," 26 Nov. 2018 If another of Bolton's tasks is to impose discipline on a fractious staff, his track record is not favorable there, either. Noah Bierman, latimes.com, "John Bolton's take-no-prisoners style may prove problematic in the White House," 23 Mar. 2018 The Dow industrials started the past week strong after positive news on the trade front but plunged as doubts about a favorable outcome re-emerged. John D. Stoll, WSJ, "Trump’s Tough China Tack Wins Over Skeptical CEOs," 8 Dec. 2018 Card was proud of the Firebirds, their fans and like many in the area and prays for a favorable outcome for the Stratman family. Scott Springer, Cincinnati.com, "Stratman Strong: Lakota West lacrosse seeks community support for family of Matt Stratman," 11 June 2018 Stereotyping is strongly related to cultural conservatism and views were even more polarized among those favorable to President Donald Trump, the report found. Fiza Pirani, ajc, "Nearly 1-in-5 Americans would deny Muslim American citizens the right to vote, new report finds," 11 June 2018 According to the plea agreements, from August 2008 to June 2014, John Kays agreed to take official actions favorable to Barrow and MJ-6 in return for Barrow paying the Kays a total of approximately $800,000. Allan Vought, The Aegis, "Ex-Harford resident gets six years in prison for taking bribes on Aberdeen Proving Ground contracts," 15 May 2018 From China’s point of view, a favorable outcome from the meeting between Mr. Trump and Mr. Kim may simply be a less dangerous version of the status quo, Mr. Xia said. Jane Perlez, New York Times, "China, Feeling Left Out, Has Plenty to Worry About in North Korea-U.S. Talks," 22 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of favorable

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for favorable

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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, 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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