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[fey-ver-uh-buh l, feyv-ruh-] /ˈfeɪ vər ə bəl, ˈfeɪv rə-/
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 forms
favorableness, noun
favorably, adverb
nonfavorable, adjective
nonfavorableness, noun
nonfavorably, adverb
overfavorable, adjective
overfavorableness, noun
overfavorably, adverb
prefavorable, adjective
prefavorably, adverb
quasi-favorable, adjective
quasi-favorably, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for favorable
  • It's sad to see such an obsolete and downright dangerous theory get this favorable write-up.
  • As the climate shifts, many species will migrate to more favorable destinations, altering their natural range.
  • And menu prices shredded by the favorable exchange rate.
  • If you made a favorable impression on the committee, you won't have to remind them who you are by sending a follow-up letter.
  • As always, a few words in the local language usually result in more favorable treatment.
  • The high humidity would generally make regional conditions favorable for fungi development.
  • If you give them the opportunity to speak and let them know you are listening you'll make a favorable impression.
  • The favorable business climate has particularly spurred growth in banking and financial services.
  • Long term relationships can grow only if the first and few subsequent meetings are favorable.
  • The website only strains the eyes and the tendons of the hand, which is apparently a more favorable outcome.
British Dictionary definitions for favorable


/ˈfeɪvərəbəl; ˈfeɪvrə-/
advantageous, encouraging, or promising
giving consent
Derived Forms
favourableness, (US) favorableness, noun
favourably, (US) favorably, adverb
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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
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