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1. Presenting favorable circumstances or showing signs of a favorable outcome; auspicious: "Grandmothers consulted almanacs to determine a propitious hour for the betrothal" (Jhumpa Lahiri).
2. Merciful or kindly: a propitious deity.

[Middle English propicius, from Old French propicieux, from Latin propitius; see pet- in Indo-European roots.]

pro·pi′tious·ly adv.
pro·pi′tious·ness n.
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Noun1.propitiousness - the favorable quality of strongly indicating a successful result
advantageousness, favorableness, favourableness, profitableness, positiveness, positivity - the quality of being encouraging or promising of a successful outcome
inauspiciousness, unpropitiousness - the quality of suggesting an unsuccessful result
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Although Tate's ensconcing into a professorship at the University of Minnesota in 1951, like Ransom's at Kenyon College and Warren's at Yale (both in 1950), or his and others' editorships at journals such as the Kenyon, Southern, and Sewanee Reviews proved extremely important to Faulkner's burgeoning reputation, there is no reason that this propitiousness should necessarily have extended itself to a writer like Crane.