fa·​vor·​able ˈfā-v(ə-)rə-bəl How to pronounce favorable (audio)
: disposed to favor : partial
taking a favorable attitude toward our request
: expressing approval : commendatory
The movie received a favorable review.
: giving a result that is in one's favor
a favorable comparison
: affirmative
a favorable reply
: winning approval : pleasing
a favorable impression
: tending to promote or facilitate : advantageous
a favorable wind
: marked by success
a favorable demonstration of a new invention
favorability noun
favorableness noun
ˈfā-v(ə-)rə-blē How to pronounce favorable (audio)
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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

Example Sentences

The new play got many favorable reviews. He was given a favorable recommendation. Early test results were favorable.
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Word History


see favor entry 1

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of favorable was in the 14th century

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“Favorable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/favorable. Accessed 9 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition


fa·​vor·​able ˈfāv-(ə-)rə-bəl How to pronounce favorable (audio)
: showing favor : approving
a favorable reply
: promising, advantageous
favorable weather for the fair
favorableness noun
favorably adverb

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