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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The Trump administration’s stated goal is to extract a nuclear deal from Iran that is more favorable to US interests than the 2015 agreement that President Trump abandoned last year. Yonette Joseph, BostonGlobe.com, "Iran says it has seized another oil tanker in Persian Gulf," 4 Aug. 2019 The Tigers’ schedule also is favorable, with Arkansas and Ole Miss — who combined for one SEC win in 2018 — as their West Division matchups and winnable road games at Kentucky and Vanderbilt. Edgar Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "2019 College Football Rankings: No. 23 Missouri poised for nice season despite NCAA sanctions," 3 Aug. 2019 The federal law has been criticized by gun control advocates as being too favorable to gun makers, and it has been used to bar lawsuits over other mass killings. Dave Collins, courant.com, "Gunmaker Remington asks U.S. Supreme Court to hear Sandy Hook appeal," 1 Aug. 2019 Developers are expected to sink billions of dollars into new projects in these areas to take advantage of the more favorable tax treatments, according to Cushman & Wakefield. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "D-FW is among cities with the most to gain from new real estate Opportunity Zones," 25 July 2019 Harris had a 54/14 percent favorable/unfavorable rating, while Buttigieg had 48/11 percent. Ella Nilsen, Vox, "“Likability” ratings in a recent New Hampshire poll show just how tough female candidates have it," 23 July 2019 Many of the factors that contributed to the slowdown are long term, including slowing growth of the economy, less favorable tax treatment of home ownership, and reaching a mature phase in the business cycle. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Econometer: Will housing market slowdown soon be over?," 5 July 2019 On questions of race and gender bias, the judge said the players failed to produce any white or female student who received more favorable treatment under comparable circumstances. Josh Verges, Twin Cities, "Judge dismisses Gophers football players’ lawsuit over 2016 sexual assault case," 25 June 2019 Republicans are somewhat more likely than Democrats to give an opinion, but Ocasio-Cortez does see favorable ratings among a slim majority of Democrats (56 percent). Laurie Kellman, The Seattle Times, "Ocasio-Cortez can’t run, but she’s a big part of 2020 race," 30 Mar. 2019

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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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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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