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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.
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Adv.1.favorably - showing approval; "he reviewed the play favorably"
unfavorably, unfavourably - showing disapproval; in a disparaging way; "he reviewed the play unfavorably"
References in classic literature ?
The Dogs listened favorably to these proposals, and, entering the den of the Wolves, they were set upon and torn to pieces.
In the original form of publication the Rogue was very favorably received.
Joshua, and another person, were the two spies who were sent into this land of Canaan by the children of Israel to report upon its character--I mean they were the spies who reported favorably.
The third, the artilleryman, on the contrary, struck Katavasov very favorably.
She had known him as a child, and now his friendship with Andrew, his misfortune with his wife, and above all his kindly, simple face disposed her favorably toward him.
Some publisher's reader may be mad enough or drunk enough to report favorably on it.
The truth is, that science is not favorably regarded in that country, it is still in a backward state; and moreover, certain Spaniards, not by any means the least educated, did not form a correct estimate of the bulk of the projectile compared with that of the moon.
Hoping to hear favorably from you soon, I remain, "Respectfully yours, "Jeremiah O.
The States less favorably circumstanced would be desirous of escaping from the disadvantages of local situation, and of sharing in the advantages of their more fortunate neighbors.
I am here to petition you, too happy should my prayer be favorably heard.
A thousand, thousand thanks, dearest Mademoiselle Hennequin," said Betts, in an incoherent, half-sane manner; "you have read my letter, and I may interpret this interview favorably.
The noun "angel" being of common gender suits the case admirably, and the epithet is sure of being favorably received.