giving favorable promise; likely to turn out well: a promising young man; a promising situation.

1505–15; promise + -ing2

promisingly, adverb
promisingness, noun

favorable, reassuring, encouraging. Unabridged
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promising (ˈprɒmɪsɪŋ)
showing promise of favourable development or future success

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Word Origin & History

c.1400, from L. promissum "a promise," noun use of neuter pp. of promittere "send forth, foretell, promise," from pro- "before" + mittere "to put, send" (see mission). Ground sense is "declaration made about the future, about some act to be done or not done." The verb is
attested from c.1420. Promised land (1538) is a ref. to the land of Canaan promised to Abraham and his progeny (Heb. xi.9, etc.; Gk. ten ges tes epangelias). Promising "showing signs of future excellence" is from 1601.
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