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favorable

[fey-ver-uh-buh l, feyv-ruh-] /ˈfeɪ vər ə bəl, ˈfeɪv rə-/
adjective
1.
characterized by approval or support; positive:
a favorable report.
2.
creating or winning favor; pleasing:
to make a favorable impression.
3.
affording advantage, opportunity, or convenience; advantageous:
a favorable position.
4.
(of an answer) granting what is desired.
5.
boding well; propitious:
The signs are favorable for a new start.
Origin of favorable
1300-1350
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
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  • Just how favorable an impression he had made he did not himself suspect.

    The Varmint Owen Johnson
  • The "Law of Manu" can lose its authority where it is favorable to women!

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • The rudeness to their persons, practised by their enemies, is certainly not favorable to the character of the latter.

  • The reaction was favorable to a development of sensuality and materialism; also of art.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • When he reached this higher ground he did not, however, halt at the first favorable camping-spot, but went on and on.

Word Origin and History for favorable
adj.

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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