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[prom-uh-sing] /ˈprɒm ə sɪŋ/
giving favorable promise; likely to turn out well:
a promising young man; a promising situation.
Origin of promising
First recorded in 1505-15; promise + -ing2
Related forms
promisingly, adverb
promisingness, noun
favorable, reassuring, encouraging. Unabridged
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  • 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.

  • He was glad to see McGinnis back again, for he was most promisingly hairy.

    Heart's Desire

    Emerson Hough
  • 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
  • The man saw young bread-and-butter with the raw sugar of beauty sprinkled upon it promisingly.

  • They would find there a very virgin field of a most promisingly dead level.

    The Soul of the Far East Percival Lowell
  • Could it be that the contrivance which worked so promisingly in the Boston rooms would not work under these other conditions?

    Ted and the Telephone Sara Ware Bassett
  • It was based on her exceptional physical nature; and she might have used it promisingly.

British Dictionary definitions for promisingly


showing promise of favourable development or future success
Derived Forms
promisingly, adverb
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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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