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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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Adv.1.propitiously - in an auspicious manner; "he started his new job auspiciously on his birthday"
inauspiciously, unpropitiously - in an inauspicious manner; "he started his new job inauspiciously on Friday the 13th"
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[prəˈpɪʃəslɪ] ADVde modo propicio, bajo signo propicio, favorablemente
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[prəˈpɪʃəslɪ] advin modo propizio
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