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[fey-ver-uh-buh l, feyv-ruh-] /ˈfeɪ vər ə bəl, ˈfeɪv rə-/
characterized by approval or support; positive:
a favorable report.
creating or winning favor; pleasing:
to make a favorable impression.
affording advantage, opportunity, or convenience; advantageous:
a favorable position.
(of an answer) granting what is desired.
boding well; propitious:
The signs are favorable for a new start.
Origin of favorable
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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • But to his surprise he found that Mrs. Rushton was inclined to regard it favorably.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • "That's right, to own up," said Robert, favorably impressed with his frank confession.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • From the first he appears to have favorably impressed the members of the House.

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
  • Another person who refused to accept Phillips favorably was Phineas Babbitt.

    Shavings Joseph C. Lincoln
  • It was evident that the housekeeper's manner had not impressed him favorably.

    Mary-'Gusta Joseph C. Lincoln
Word Origin and History for favorably



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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