propitious

adjective
pro·​pi·​tious | \prə-ˈpi-shəs \

Definition of propitious 

1 : favorably disposed : benevolent

2 : being a good omen : auspicious propitious sign

3 : tending to favor : advantageous

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Other Words from propitious

propitiously adverb
propitiousness noun

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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

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Propitious, which comes to us through Middle English from the Latin word propitius (same meaning as "propitious"), is a synonym of "favorable" and "auspicious." All three essentially mean "pointing toward a happy outcome," with some differences of emphasis. "Favorable" implies that the persons involved in a situation are approving or helpful, or that circumstances are advantageous ("favorable weather conditions"). "Auspicious" usually applies to a sign or omen that promises success before or at the start of an event ("an auspicious beginning"). "Propitious" may also apply to beginnings, but it often suggests a continuing promising condition ("propitious conditions for an alliance").

Examples of propitious in a Sentence

Now is a propitious time to start a business. the success of the first big movie in May was a propitious start for the summer season of blockbusters

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So looked at one way, the sit down with Putin came at a propitious time. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Trump scores on his own goal," 16 July 2018 Businessmen might go to one to select a propitious date to launch a new venture. The Economist, "Prophets and profitsIn South Korea fortune-telling will soon be a $3.7bn business," 24 Feb. 2018 The market is propitious, yet a metropolis’s crackle comes from the variety of its people and the intertwining of disparate lives. Justin Davidson, Daily Intelligencer, "Downtown Nashville Is Supposed to Be the Model of the Walkable 21st-Century City. I’m Not So Sure.," 8 June 2018 Somewhere like Arcadia, where the median price per square foot is 50 percent higher than in Los Angeles proper, and where $7 million teardown listings tout propitious feng shui. Scott Garner, Town & Country, "How Arcadia, California Became the Next Calabasas," 9 Aug. 2017 Source: Thor Industries It’s a propitious time for towable RVs. Bloomberg.com, "Airstream Sheds Its Metal With the New ‘Nest’," 12 Apr. 2018 The omens are propitious for a major advance in trade relations. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "Trump’s Trade Tactic Might Work," 6 Apr. 2018 But their timing was propitious: smartphones were proliferating, broadband was becoming affordable, and online payments were in place. Bloomberg.com, "How Dotcom Survivors Built a $950 Million Startup in India," 19 Mar. 2018 The timing was propitious; Hong Kong’s economy grew by 9% a year on average in that decade. The Economist, "Li Ka-shing cedes a sprawling empire to his son," 24 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of propitious

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for propitious

Middle English propycyous, from Anglo-French propicius, from Latin propitius, probably from pro- for + petere to seek — more at pro-, feather

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propitious

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of propitious

: likely to have or produce good results

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