favorable


favorable
favorable, benign, auspicious, propitious mean being of good omen or presaging a happy or successful outcome.
Favorable implies that the persons or circumstances involved tend to assist in attaining one's ends—persons by being kindly disposed or actually helpful and circumstances by being distinctly advantageous or encouraging
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lend a favorable ear to a request

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it was feared that many of the small countries were favorable to the enemy

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a favorable breeze

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a hot dry summer, favorable to contemplative life out of doors— Conrad

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they won't take a chance of battle unless they can feel sure of most favorable conditions— Alexander Forbes

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Benign (see also KIND) is applicable chiefly to someone or to something that has power to make or mar one's fortunes by his or its aspect and is thought of as looking down with favor on one or of presenting a favorable countenance to one
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so shall the World go on, to good malignant, to bad men benignMilton

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on whose birth benign planets have certainly smiled— Brontë

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a benign rather than a malevolent phenomenon— Margaret Halsey

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Auspicious, like the related augur (see under FORETELL), suggests the presence of signs or omens and is applicable to something that is marked by favorable signs or is in itself regarded as a good omen
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an auspicious beginning of what proved to be a great career

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for sure the milder planets did combine on thy auspicious horoscope to shine— Dryden

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pay the boy ... he brought auspicious news— Kipling

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Propitious suggests an allusion to favoring gods or powers more strongly than favorable but not quite so explicitly as auspicious; it may therefore be preferred to favorable when such a connotation is desired
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if the fates are propitious, there is no doubt of his success

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they looked upon the present moment as propitious for starting their project

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after so propitious an opening it seemed that acerbities might be quelled, rivalries mitigated— S. H. Adams

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Analogous words: advantageous, *beneficial, profitable: salutary, wholesome, *healthful: benignant, kindly, *kind
Antonyms: unfavorable: antagonistic

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  • favorable — [ favɔrabl ] adj. • v. 1150; lat. favorabilis « qui attire la faveur » 1 ♦ Vx Qui attire la faveur. ⇒ agréable. « De David à ses yeux le nom est favorable » (Racine). 2 ♦ Mod. Favorable à (qqn, qqch.). Qui est animé d une disposition… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • favorable — Favorable. adj. de t.g. Propice, Avantageux, Tel qu on desire pour la fin qu on se propose. Il se dit des personnes & des choses. Soyez moy favorable. se rendre quelqu un favorable. il a eu tout le monde favorable. avoir la fortune favorable.… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Favorable — Fa vor*a*ble (f[=a] v[ e]r*[.a]*b l), a. [Written also {favourable}.] [F. favorable, L. favorabilis favored, popular, pleasing, fr. favor. See {Favor}, n.] 1. Full of favor; favoring; manifesting partiality; kind; propitious; friendly. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • favorable — adjetivo 1. (antepuesto / pospuesto) Que favorece o beneficia: Las críticas han sido favorables, estoy satisfecha. Los favorables designios de los dioses nos acompañan. Navegamos con viento favorable. El diagnóstico fue favorable. 2. Que apoya o… …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • favorable — [fā′vər ə bəl] adj. [ME < OFr < L favorabilis] 1. approving or commending 2. advantageous 3. pleasing or desirable [a favorable impression] favorableness n. favorably adv. SYN. FAVORABLE applies to that which is distinctly helpful or… …   English World dictionary

  • favorable — 1. Cuando significa ‘que favorece’, la persona o cosa favorecida se expresa mediante un complemento con a o para: «Los proyectos están suspendidos en tanto no haya una solución favorable a la empresa» (Proceso [Méx.] 25.8.96); «El empate es [...] …   Diccionario panhispánico de dudas

  • favorable — mid 14c., from O.Fr. favorable well disposed, favorable, partial, from L. favorabilis favored, in favor, from favor (see FAVOR (Cf. favor)). Related: Favorably …   Etymology dictionary

  • favorable — I (advantageous) adjective advisable, appropriate, auspicious, becoming, befitting, beneficial, commodus, conducive, convenient, desirable, encouraging, expedient, felicitous, fit, fitting, fortunate, full of promise, good, helpful, opportune,… …   Law dictionary

  • favorable — [adj1] approving, friendly acclamatory, affirmative, agreeable, amicable, approbative, approbatory, assenting, benevolent, benign, benignant, commending, complimentary, encouraging, enthusiastic, inclined, in favor of, kind, kindly, laudatory,… …   New thesaurus

  • favorable — (Del lat. favorabĭlis). 1. adj. Que favorece. 2. Propicio, apacible, benévolo. ☛ V. privilegio favorable …   Diccionario de la lengua española


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