[fey-ver-uh-buh l, feyv-ruh-]


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 formsfa·vor·a·ble·ness, nounfa·vor·a·bly, adverbnon·fa·vor·a·ble, adjectivenon·fa·vor·a·ble·ness, nounnon·fa·vor·a·bly, adverbo·ver·fa·vor·a·ble, adjectiveo·ver·fa·vor·a·ble·ness, nouno·ver·fa·vor·a·bly, adverbpre·fa·vor·a·ble, adjectivepre·fa·vor·a·bly, adverbqua·si-fa·vor·a·ble, adjectivequa·si-fa·vor·a·bly, adverb
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Contemporary Examples of favorable

Historical Examples of favorable

  • 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

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