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propitious

[pruh-pish-uh s] /prəˈpɪʃ əs/
adjective
1.
presenting favorable conditions; favorable:
propitious weather.
2.
indicative of favor; auspicious:
propitious omens.
3.
favorably inclined; disposed to bestow favors or forgive:
propitious gods.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English propicius < Latin propitius favorably inclined, propitious, probably equivalent to pro- pro-1 + -pit-, combining form of petere to head for, resort to, solicit + -ius adj. suffix; see -ous
Related forms
propitiously, adverb
propitiousness, noun
unpropitious, adjective
unpropitiously, adverb
unpropitiousness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for propitiously

propitious

/prəˈpɪʃəs/
adjective
1.
favourable; auguring well
2.
gracious or favourably inclined
Derived Forms
propitiously, adverb
propitiousness, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin propitius well disposed, from prope close to
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Word Origin and History for propitiously

propitious

adj.

mid-15c., from Anglo-French propicius, Old French propicius "gracious, favorable, useful" (12c., Modern French propice) and directly from Latin propitius "favorable, kind, gracious, well-disposed" (see propitiation). Earlier English form was propice, from Old French propice. Related: Propitiously.

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