- giving favorable promise; likely to turn out well: a promising young man; a promising situation.
Origin of promising
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favorable, reassuring, encouraging.
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Examples from the Web for promisingly
Somehow, it was hard to say why, it did not read so promisingly as at first.Barrington
Charles James Lever
Lady Clive had her wish; the thorn festered as promisingly as she could have desired.
"You came up the trail from the Double-Elm Fork," he said promisingly.Heart of the West
He was glad to see McGinnis back again, for he was most promisingly hairy.Heart's Desire
The Olympian gods would also have had to be introduced: Apollo already appears in the poem, not too promisingly.Life of John Keats
William Michael Rossetti
- showing promise of favourable development or future success
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Word Origin and History for promisingly
"showing signs of future excellence," c.1600, present participle adjective from promise (v.). Related: Promisingly.
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