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favorable

[fey-ver-uh-buh l, feyv-ruh-] /ˈfeɪ vər ə bəl, ˈfeɪv rə-/
adjective
1.
characterized by approval or support; positive:
a favorable report.
2.
creating or winning favor; pleasing:
to make a favorable impression.
3.
affording advantage, opportunity, or convenience; advantageous:
a favorable position.
4.
(of an answer) granting what is desired.
5.
boding well; propitious:
The signs are favorable for a new start.
Origin of favorable
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English < Anglo-French, Middle French < Latin favōrābilis. See favor, -able
Related forms
favorableness, noun
favorably, adverb
nonfavorable, adjective
nonfavorableness, noun
nonfavorably, adverb
overfavorable, adjective
overfavorableness, noun
overfavorably, adverb
prefavorable, adjective
prefavorably, adverb
quasi-favorable, adjective
quasi-favorably, adverb
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  • He left the office, not a little elated at his favorable reception.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • My mind was made up to "take to the woods" on the first favorable opportunity.

    Biography of a Slave Charles Thompson
  • Forthwith, Burke set out to make the most of this favorable opportunity.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • Heyward was not slow to confirm an opinion that was so favorable to his own pretensions.

    The Last of the Mohicans James Fenimore Cooper
  • At this favorable moment the counterfeit conjurers disappeared.

    The Last of the Mohicans James Fenimore Cooper
Word Origin and History for favorable
adj.

mid-14c., from Old French favorable "well-disposed, favorable, partial," from Latin favorabilis "favored, in favor," from favor (see favor (n.)). Related: Favorably.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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