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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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The same principle explains the propitiousness of Tai/Peace [phrase omitted] (Earth above Heaven), Xian/Reciprocity [phrase omitted], (Lake above Mountain, or, young girl above young man), Yi/Increase [phrase omitted] (Wind above Thunder), and Ji Ji/After Completion/Settled [phrase omitted] (Water above Fire).
Obama's embrace of the propitiousness of time - specifically, slow extraction - puts him in excellent company.
Finally, institution-based trust is a contextual propitiousness that supports trust.
In the context of the propitiousness of the social environment is the emerging responsibility that the university has to society.
Through a beautiful, brilliant propitiousness in which I played no part, Bill gave the commencement address at St.
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.
It is also a survey of world civilization and how the present, despite its seeming propitiousness and transparency, is, in essence, no different from the past - as one notes a continuity of suffering and prejudice.