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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
Did You Know?
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").
Synonym Discussion of propitious
PROPITIOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of propitious for English Language Learners
: likely to have or produce good results
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