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

Other Words from favorable

favorability \ ˌfā-​v(ə-​)rə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce favorable (audio) , ˌfā-​vər-​ \ noun
favorableness noun
favorably \ ˈfā-​v(ə-​)rə-​blē How to pronounce favorable (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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Recent Examples on the Web Perhaps that’s why Harbaugh didn’t think his defense did a great job defending Tagovailoa, who entered Saturday averaging 310 passing yards per game, even though the final statistics were favorable for Michigan. Michael Cohen, Detroit Free Press, 21 Nov. 2021 The eclipse will last three hours, 28 minutes and 23 seconds, and will be visible in the Chicago area from 1:18 a.m. to 4:47 a.m. Friday, assuming weather conditions are favorable with few clouds. Angie Leventis Lourgos, chicagotribune.com, 18 Nov. 2021 Given underlying historic and political factors, next year's elections are likely to be favorable for Republicans. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 9 Nov. 2021 The schedule is favorable and there are no dominant teams in the Pac-12. Kent Somers, The Arizona Republic, 2 Nov. 2021 The primary reason that wealthy American no longer show up routinely in offshore disclosures such as this is that the cost-benefit of hiding offshore accounts from the IRS is not favorable. Jay Adkisson, Forbes, 1 Nov. 2021 Weather, swells and other conditions must also be favorable. Janet Wilson, USA TODAY, 5 Oct. 2021 As of Wednesday, conditions were no longer favorable for the remnants of Tropical Storm Peter to re-develop, according to the hurricane center. Angie Dimichele, sun-sentinel.com, 29 Sep. 2021 While a majority of voters held an unfavorable view of Trump, about half had a favorable view of Youngkin. Nicholas Riccardi, Anchorage Daily News, 3 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of favorable

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

History and Etymology for favorable

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“Favorable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/favorable. Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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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


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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