adjective fa·vor·able \ ˈfā-v(ə-)rə-bəl , ˈfā-vər-bəl \
Updated on: 23 Feb 2018

Definition of favorable

1 a : 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
3 a : tending to promote or facilitate : advantageous
  • a favorable wind
b : marked by success
  • a favorable demonstration of a new invention


play \ˌfā-v(ə-)rə-ˈbi-lə-tē, ˌfā-vər-\ noun




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.

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Origin and Etymology of favorable

see 1favor

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



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


adjective fa·vor·able \ ˈfā-və-rə-bəl , ˈfāv-rə- \

Definition of favorable for Students

1 : showing approval
  • a favorable opinion
2 : tending to help
  • favorable weather


\-blē\ adverb

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