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 (fā′vər-ə-bəl, fāv′rə-)
1. Advantageous; helpful: favorable winds.
2. Encouraging; propitious: a favorable diagnosis.
3. Manifesting approval; commendatory: a favorable report.
4. Winning approval; pleasing: a favorable impression.
5. Granting what has been desired or requested: a favorable reply.
6. Indulgent or partial: listened with a favorable ear.

fa′vor·a·ble·ness n.
fa′vor·a·bly adv.


(ˈfeɪ vər ə bəl, ˈfeɪv rə-)

1. characterized by approval or support; positive: a favorable report.
2. creating or winning favor; pleasing: a favorable impression.
3. affording advantage, opportunity, or convenience; advantageous: a favorable position.
4. (of an answer) granting what is desired.
5. boding well; propitious.
[1300–50; Middle English < Anglo-French, Middle French < Latin]
fa′vor•a•ble•ness, n.
fa′vor•a•bly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.favorable - encouraging or approving or pleasing; "a favorable reply"; "he received a favorable rating"; "listened with a favorable ear"; "made a favorable impression"
affirmative, affirmatory - affirming or giving assent; "an affirmative decision"; "affirmative votes"
complimentary - conveying or resembling a compliment; "a complimentary remark"
good - having desirable or positive qualities especially those suitable for a thing specified; "good news from the hospital"; "a good report card"; "when she was good she was very very good"; "a good knife is one good for cutting"; "this stump will make a good picnic table"; "a good check"; "a good joke"; "a good exterior paint"; "a good secretary"; "a good dress for the office"
unfavorable, unfavourable - not encouraging or approving or pleasing; "unfavorable conditions"; "an unfavorable comparison"; "unfavorable comments", "unfavorable impression"
2.favorable - (of winds or weather) tending to promote or facilitate; "the days were fair and the winds were favorable"
propitious - presenting favorable circumstances; likely to result in or show signs of success; "propitious omens"; "propitious gales speeded us along"; "a propitious alignment of planets for space exploration"
unfavorable, unfavourable - (of winds or weather) tending to hinder or oppose; "unfavorable winds"
3.favorable - presaging or likely to bring good luck; "a favorable time to ask for a raise"; "lucky stars"; "a prosperous moment to make a decision"
propitious - presenting favorable circumstances; likely to result in or show signs of success; "propitious omens"; "propitious gales speeded us along"; "a propitious alignment of planets for space exploration"
4.favorable - inclined to help or support; not antagonistic or hostile; "a government friendly to our interests"; "an amicable agreement"
amicable - characterized by friendship and good will
5.favorable - occurring at a convenient or suitable time; "an opportune time to receive guests"
convenient - suited to your comfort or purpose or needs; "a convenient excuse for not going"


2. Occurring at a fitting or advantageous time:
3. Indicative of future success or full of promise:
5. Giving assent:
6. Disposed to favor one over another:


a. favorable; propicio-a.


adj favorable
References in classic literature ?
Placing it in a favorable position, he joined the females, who now found themselves alone with him for the first time since they had left the friendly ramparts of Fort Edward.
It was easy and effective, but seemed to be more favorable to revery than conversation.
The favorable excitement derived from this little crimson rose afforded Clifford the brightest moment which he enjoyed at the breakfast-table.
In the mean time, Ichabod would carry on his suit with the daughter by the side of the spring under the great elm, or sauntering along in the twilight, that hour so favorable to the lover's eloquence.
From thence it is the God of breezes fair or foul is first invoked for favorable winds.
The most favorable climate and soil for each product selected; the exact requirements of the community known, and the acreage figured accordingly; the most improved machinery employed, under the direction of expert agricultural chemists
At each end of the fireplace sat a long-legged gentleman, with his chair tipped back, his hat on his head, and the heels of his muddy boots reposing sublimely on the mantel-piece,--a position, we will inform our readers, decidedly favorable to the turn of reflection incident to western taverns, where travellers exhibit a decided preference for this particular mode of elevating their understandings.
Meantime, the big organ is booming and crashing and thundering away, doing its best to prove that it is the biggest and best organ in Europe, and that a tight little box of a church is the most favorable place to average and appreciate its powers in.
Accordingly he called for them, and on the way he told them all about Pudd'nhead Wilson, in order that they might get a favorable impression of him in advance and be prepared to like him.
I resolved to wait only so long as the offering of a favorable opportunity.
Vanstone, expressed his willingness to take Frank under superintendence, on terms of the most favorable kind.
The girl's highly strung imagination, her affectionate and credulous mind, the primitive education which had surrounded her childhood with a circle of legends, the constant brooding over her dead father and, above all, the state of sublime ecstasy into which music threw her from the moment that this art was made manifest to her in certain exceptional conditions, as in the churchyard at Perros; all this seemed to him to constitute a moral ground only too favorable for the malevolent designs of some mysterious and unscrupulous person.