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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Recent Examples on the Web Ethics for difficult times John Rawls famously argued that in a fully just society, two circumstances are in place: everyone upholds the just society, and conditions of life are reasonably favorable. Jaime Ahlberg, The Conversation, "Hoarding during the coronavirus isn’t just unnecessary, it’s ethically wrong," 7 Apr. 2020 His appellate attorney, Josh Dubin, filed a motion on Jan. 21 seeking to vacate the conviction alleging a Brady violation -- failing to disclose evidence that's favorable to the defense or can discredit a witness. Christina Carrega, ABC News, "Death row inmate’s fight for his life shines light on use of jailhouse informants," 24 Feb. 2020 In Brooklyn’s diverse Sunset Park neighborhood, residents and interest groups are arguing over a rezoning proposal that’d be favorable to green businesses and harden the waterfront. Adam Rogers, Wired, "Cities Fighting Climate Woes Hasten 'Green Gentrification'," 20 Feb. 2020 First, the evidence that seems most favorable to the plaintiff must support a finding that the defendant violated the plaintiff’s constitutional right. Crystal Hill, Indianapolis Star, "Teen told police he couldn't breathe. Officers aren't liable for his death, court says," 28 Jan. 2020 More voters view DeSantis favorably than unfavorably by 18 points (53 favorable, 35 unfavorable). Fox News, "Fox News Poll: Biden and Trump in tight race in Florida," 23 Apr. 2020 So those pathogens are most successful when conditions for transmission are most favorable, which is usually winter. Sara Goudarzi, Scientific American, "Lessons from Past Outbreaks Could Help Fight the Coronavirus Pandemic," 23 Mar. 2020 Odds are most favorable during extended periods of cold weather that chill the water and cause the fish to concentrate in deep water, often around pods of shad. Matt Williams, Dallas News, "Big fish story: Local guide has a knack for finding whoppers," 14 Mar. 2020 Critics noted that Bush had failed to win the popular vote, and that the Supreme Court vote was split 5-4, with the conservative justices in the majority delivering an outcome favorable to their political leanings. Sarah Burns, The Conversation, "‘Stolen’ elections open wounds that may never heal," 11 Feb. 2020

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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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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 7 Jun. 2020.

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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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