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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The advancement in civil rights is treated less favorably than in previous editions.
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  • However, making a mad rush at the end to bring the tenure packet up to minimally acceptable is unlikely to be viewed favorably.
  • The idea here is that rating agency employees who quit to work for an issuer might have rated its deals more favorably.
  • Symptom relief compared favorably to generally lengthier treatment with psychotherapy alone as reported in earlier studies.
  • Already many small planes compare favorably with cars.
  • Some studies suggest these fats may favorably affect blood-sugar control.
  • The sites also look favorably on the effects of illegal drugs.
Word Origin and History for favorably



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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