favourable
Favorable Fa"vor*a*ble (f[=a]"v[~e]r*[.a]*b'l), a. [Written also {favourable}.] [F. favorable, L. favorabilis favored, popular, pleasing, fr. favor. See {Favor}, n.] 1. Full of favor; favoring; manifesting partiality; kind; propitious; friendly. [1913 Webster]

Lend favorable ears to our request. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Lord, thou hast been favorable unto thy land. --Ps. lxxxv. 1. [1913 Webster]

2. Conducive; contributing; tending to promote or facilitate; advantageous; convenient. [1913 Webster]

A place very favorable for the making levies of men. --Clarendon. [1913 Webster]

The temper of the climate, favorable to generation, health, and long life. --Sir W. Temple. [1913 Webster]

3. Beautiful; well-favored. [Obs.] --Spenser. -- {Fa"vora*ble*ness}, n. -- {Fa"vor*a*bly}, adv. [1913 Webster]

The favorableness of the present times to all exertions in the cause of liberty. --Burke. [1913 Webster]


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