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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Jared apparently shared his parents' less-than-favorable opinion of Kloss. Emma Dibdin, Town & Country, "Josh Kushner’s Parents Apparently Banned Karlie Kloss From Family Gatherings," 19 Mar. 2019 Among likely voters, 39 percent have a favorable opinion of Stefanowski, while 44 percent have an unfavorable opinion. Susan Haigh, The Seattle Times, "Payday loan job shadows exec’s run for Connecticut governor," 23 Oct. 2018 On Thursday, a poll by YouGov said fewer than one in five Brits had a favorable opinion of the president. Alexander Smith /, NBC News, "Trump in Britain: President faces dozens of protests across U.K.," 13 July 2018 On Monday, Trump expressed favorable opinions about him. Jennifer Jacobs, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump narrows Supreme Court search to 3 front-runners," 6 July 2018 Nelson, on the other hand, is known by less than half of Florida's Puerto Ricans, and only two-thirds held a favorable opinion of him, according to the poll. David Smiley, miamiherald, "Rick Scott is making headway in the battle for Puerto Rican voters, new poll finds," 30 June 2018 The group says its polling shows most voters in the Philadelphia suburbs have a favorable opinion of Planned Parenthood. Andrew Seidman, Philly.com, "Planned Parenthood to spend $1.5 million for Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf's reelection campaign," 15 June 2018 More: Detroit Pistons president of basketball ops search: Here's the latest Several NBA officials expressed favorable opinions of Stefanski, 64, this week in Chicago. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons president search: Michael Curry lauds Ed Stefanski," 20 May 2018 In December 2014, only 1% had favorable opinions of him, with 84% unfavorable. Jennifer Agiesta, CNN, "CNN Poll: Three-quarters approve of Trump's plans to meet with Kim Jong Un," 10 May 2018

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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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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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