Definition of favorable
1a : disposed to favor : partial taking a favorable attitude toward our requestb : expressing approval : commendatory The movie received a favorable review.c : giving a result that is in one's favor a favorable comparisond : affirmative a favorable reply
2 : winning approval : pleasing a favorable impression
3a : tending to promote or facilitate : advantageous a favorable windb : marked by success a favorable demonstration of a new invention
favorabilityplay \ˌfā-v(ə-)rə-ˈbi-lə-tē, ˌfā-vər-\ noun
favorablyplay \ˈfā-v(ə-)rə-blē, ˈfā-vər-blē\ adverb
Examples of favorable in a Sentence
The new play got many favorable reviews.
He was given a favorable recommendation.
Early test results were favorable.
Recent Examples of favorable from the Web
In successfully slowing down the rallies, Federer was able to combat Čilić’s heavy hitting with slice and spin, taking advantage of the already damp conditions, which helped keep the pace favorable against an aggressive, offensive baseliner.
Republicans also have a more favorable view of banks and financial institutions (46 percent) than Democrats (33 percent).
In upgrading his forecast, Phil Klotzbach at Colorado State, heir to the forecast dominion of the late William M. Gray, cited favorable conditions in both the Atlantic and Pacific.
The Boise memory-chip maker credited favorable market conditions — including higher prices for dynamic random-access memory, one of Micron’s core products — and effective cost-reduction efforts.
This savings is a result of leveraging the buying power of our city to negotiate favorable energy prices in the private energy sector.
Other Republicans, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, have cherry-picked the analysis, highlighting more favorable projections on deficit reduction and premiums while disputing the rest.
Brown said she was offered a deal: Vote with Republicans or get stuck with the less-favorable map.
Kennedy’s record was given a more than favorable review by Pitchfork when it was released in April, and Kennedy was signed early to Pampa Records.
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Synonym Discussion of favorable
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
Definition of favorable for Students
1 : showing approval a favorable opinion
2 : tending to help favorable weather
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