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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Which, to put it in very oversimplified terms, means that all of the warm water — which expands and has greater volume — was actually pulled further offshore because of favorable winds. Julia Wick, latimes.com, "Essential California: How to react when the sea is rising," 9 July 2019 Due to the favorable response, Southerland Communities, an affiliate of National Land Partners announced the Sneak Preview Land Sale of Belle Oaks is being held over. Houston Chronicle, "Sneak preview of Belle Oaks being held over one final weekend," 7 July 2019 At the very least — and this is the most favorable spin for the Lakers — Leonard’s decision forced the Lakers to have some depth. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "Kawhi Leonard conspiracy theory only heightens Lakers-Clippers intrigue," 7 July 2019 By comparison, President Donald Trump’s favorable rating among likely Alabama GOP primary voters was an astonishing 84.3%. al.com, "In 2020 Senate race, Roy Moore once again squares off with Senate Leadership Fund," 7 July 2019 Fields successfully sued the city, alleging that two Chicago police detectives falsified incriminating evidence and concealed favorable evidence. Tracy Swartz, chicagotribune.com, "Former gang member wrongly convicted of Chicago double murder featured on ‘Death Row Stories’ TV show," 5 July 2019 The precision of these districts will generate Republican majorities that will then retain the power to draw even more favorable districts, in a tribalistic feedback loop. Jelani Cobb, The New Yorker, "The Supreme Court Just Legitimized a Cornerstone Element of Voter Suppression," 3 July 2019 The percentage of people who were favorable towards vaccinations fell from 91% in 2000 to 61% in 2010, according to national health agency Santé publique France. Alex Whiting, CNN, "How France is persuading its citizens to get vaccinated," 3 July 2019 As part of last month's draft-night trade that sent Oregon forward center Bol Bol to the Denver Nuggets, the Heat will receive from Denver the least favorable 2022 second-round pick from either the Nuggets or Philadelphia 76ers. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "And in the second round the Miami Heat select . . . no one with their own pick until 2027?," 3 July 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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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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