Word of the DayThursday, April 25, 2002
\pruh-PISH-uhs\ , adjective;
Presenting favorable circumstances or conditions.
Favorably inclined; gracious; benevolent.
By the early 1500s rice was being planted on the Cape Verde island most propitious for agriculture, Santiago.
-- Judith A. Carney, Black Rice
It is hard to imagine a less propitious start to a marriage: in a single blow Vincent forfeited the trust of his wife, the respect of her family, and the means of his own support.
-- Matthew Sturgis, Aubrey Beardsley: A Biography
Propitious derives from Latin propitius, "favorable."
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