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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This plan was carried out even though General Eisenhower had to postpone the hour of attack 24 hours awaiting favorable weather. Popular Mechanics, "How the D-Day Invasion Was Planned," 6 June 2019 That fee was recommended by ISU's Student Government Association after a favorable student referendum. Chicago Tribune, Post-Tribune, "State briefs," 3 June 2019 Some fear an endorsement of Johnson—or any Tory leader—might not land well with the UK public, which does not have a particularly favorable view (paywall) of Trump. Jackie Bischof, Quartz, "Who is welcoming Donald Trump’s UK visit—and who is wary," 2 June 2019 In the ultimate Netflix crossover reference, the streaming giant gave Barb a more favorable fate (and a rather bad*ss one, TBH) on its Twitter account. Sara Delgado, Teen Vogue, ""Stranger Things" Favorite Barb Got a Reimagined Ending, Thanks to Netflix," 17 Dec. 2018 The weather appears to be favorable for a launch, with the U.S. Air Force’s weather team on the coast giving a 90 percent chance of conditions that could support a launch. Marco Santana, OrlandoSentinel.com, "R2D2-like robot going to space from Florida on SpaceX rocket," 27 June 2018 The job outlook for this profession, which typically only requires a bachelor’s degree, is favorable. Erika Rose, Post-Tribune, "IU Northwest actuarial science students reach finals in international competition," 7 June 2018 How long Breed’s favorable rating will last remains to be seen. Matier & Ross, SFChronicle.com, "SF Mayor-elect London Breed coming into office with plenty of support," 2 July 2018 This card also has less favorable Ultimate Rewards redemptions than the Reserve, when booking through Chase's travel portal. Ryan Craggs, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Travel Credit Card," 2 July 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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