propitiousness

propitious

[pruh-pish-uhs]
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:
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

propitiously, adverb
propitiousness, noun
unpropitious, adjective
unpropitiously, adverb
unpropitiousness, noun
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propitious (prəˈpɪʃəs)
 
adj
1.  favourable; auguring well
2.  gracious or favourably inclined
 
[C15: from Latin propitius well disposed, from prope close to]
 
pro'pitiously
 
adv
 
pro'pitiousness
 
n

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propitious
mid-15c., from O.Fr. propicius (mid-12c.), from L. propitius (see propitiation).
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