adjective Date: 14th century 1. a. disposed to favor ; partial b. expressing approval ; commendatory 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
3. a. tending to promote or facilitate ; advantageous <
a favorable wind
b. marked by success • favorableness nounfavorably adverb Synonyms: 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

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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