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

  • Somehow, it was hard to say why, it did not read so promisingly as at first.

    Barrington Charles James Lever
  • It was based on her exceptional physical nature; and she might have used it promisingly.

  • "You came up the trail from the Double-Elm Fork," he said promisingly.

  • Lady Clive had her wish; the thorn festered as promisingly as she could have desired.

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

    Heart's Desire Emerson Hough
  • They would find there a very virgin field of a most promisingly dead level.

    The Soul of the Far East Percival Lowell
  • 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
  • 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
British Dictionary definitions for promisingly


showing promise of favourable development or future success
Derived Forms
promisingly, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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