Origin of promising

First recorded in 1505–15; promise + -ing2
Related formsprom·is·ing·ly, adverbprom·is·ing·ness, noun

Synonyms for promising

favorable, reassuring, encouraging. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for promisingly

Historical Examples of promisingly

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


    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

British Dictionary definitions for promisingly


  1. showing promise of favourable development or future success
Derived Formspromisingly, 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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