promising

adjective
prom·​is·​ing | \ ˈprä-mə-siŋ How to pronounce promising (audio) \

Definition of promising

: full of promise : likely to succeed or to yield good results a promising new medicine

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Other Words from promising

promisingly adverb

Examples of promising in a Sentence

The neighborhood didn't look very promising. a promising writer who just may write the great American novel someday

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That's the approach that a number of startups have taken, with promising results so far: Voyage began public testing in a Florida retirement community called the Villages October 2017 and expects to begin charging for the service next year. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Waymo’s ambitious plans for high-speed taxis could be holding it back," 3 Dec. 2018 Researchers have been examining the use of CBD for pain, with some promising results in dogs with arthritis (Frontiers in Veterinary Science, July 23, 2018). Teresa Graedon, The Seattle Times, "CBD oil keeps long-distance runner going," 25 Oct. 2018 There’s a 2014 study in the Journal of Clinical Investigation that showed promising results for using CBD to treat acne. Lindsey Unterberger, Glamour, "I Replaced My Entire Beauty Routine With Only CBD Products," 14 Aug. 2018 New prostate cancer drug Keytruda showed promising results in the first major clinical trial to test immunotherapy in some men with advanced prostate cancer. Ashley May, USA TODAY, "Prostate cancer drug Keytruda shows positive results in a few men during first clinical trial," 4 June 2018 Though many machine learning tools have already shown promising results in providing defense, researchers almost unanimously warn about the ways attackers have begun to adopt machine learning techniques themselves. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "AI Can Help Cybersecurity—If It Can Fight Through the Hype," 29 Apr. 2018 More recently, the diets have supplemented standard treatments for Type 2 diabetes and cancer, with promising results. Mark Barna, Discover Magazine, "Not So Fast," 24 Sep. 2018 In human cells in a test tube and in mice bearing human senescent cells, the dasatinib-quercitin cocktail showed equally promising results, targeting senescent cells while leaving other cells intact. Melissa Healy, latimes.com, "This drug cocktail reduced signs of age-related diseases and extended life in mice and human cells," 10 July 2018 To date, trials for non-addicting pain relief have been done on monkeys with promising results. OrlandoSentinel.com, "Best to prevent opioids: Letters," 17 May 2018

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First Known Use of promising

1594, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of promising was in 1594

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promising

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of promising

: likely to succeed or to be good : full of promise

promising

adjective
prom·​is·​ing | \ ˈprä-mə-siŋ\

Kids Definition of promising

: likely to turn out well or be good a promising start

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