favorable

adjective
fa·​vor·​able | \ ˈfā-v(ə-)rə-bəl , 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 , ˌfā-​vər-​ \ noun
favorableness noun
favorably \ ˈfā-​v(ə-​)rə-​blē , 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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The concerns have been compounded by actions and positions Trump has taken as president that are seen as favorable to the Kremlin. Greg Miller, The Seattle Times, "Trump has concealed details of his face-to-face encounters with Putin from senior officials in administration," 13 Jan. 2019 Farmers and ranchers are wary of tariffs that while favorable to some manufacturers may prove to be devastating to those who depend upon agricultural exports. Lynn Brezosky, San Antonio Express-News, "D.C. ag interns on the front lines of national farm policy," 10 June 2018 All of Pennsylvania’s districts have been redrawn by the state Supreme Court, which could make as many as a half-dozen more favorable to Democrats. Todd Spangler, USA TODAY, "26 races to watch in the midterms: Will Democrats make significant gains?," 17 May 2018 So far, the weather might cooperate for the mission, as there’s a 90 percent chance conditions will be favorable, according to the 45th Space Wing, which oversees launches from the Cape. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Watch SpaceX launch thousands of pounds of cargo and experiments to the International Space Station," 5 Dec. 2018 The first two wars were generally favorable to China’s mass infantry tactics and benefited from large numbers of combat veterans in the PLA ranks. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Is the Chinese Military Ready for War?," 27 Nov. 2018 The key being both of these are seen that's being more conservative perhaps than Rosenstein, maybe may be more favorable to the president. Fox News, "Kavanaugh: I never sexually assaulted anyone," 24 Sep. 2018 Analysts say the trouble started in Brazil, where the real has weakened 14% against the dollar, boosting that country’s exports even as coffee producers from Colombia to Honduras suffer from less-favorable exchange rates. Robbie Whelan, WSJ, "Low Coffee-Bean Prices Brew Trouble for Farmers," 19 Dec. 2018 The game has garnered critical praise from the gaming press alongside those astronomical sales figures, though our review, while favorable on the whole, noted that its narrative and open-world design can sometimes feel at odds with each other. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "Dealmaster: A PS4 and Red Dead Redemption 2 for $199 may be the best deal of Cyber Monday [Updated]," 26 Nov. 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 , 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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