1. encouraging or approving or pleasing (Freq. 4)

a favorable reply


he received a favorable rating


listened with a favorable ear


made a favorable impression

Syn: ↑favourable
Ant: ↑unfavorable
Similar to: ↑approving, ↑affirmative, ↑approbative, ↑approbatory, ↑plausive, ↑indulgent
See Also: ↑affirmative, ↑affirmatory, ↑complimentary, ↑good
2. (of winds or weather) tending to promote or facilitate (Freq. 1)

the days were fair and the winds were favorable

Syn: ↑favourable
Ant: ↑unfavorable
Similar to: ↑following
See Also: ↑propitious
Derivationally related forms: ↑favourableness (for: ↑favourable), ↑favorableness
3. presaging or likely to bring good luck (Freq. 1)

a favorable time to ask for a raise


lucky stars


a prosperous moment to make a decision

Syn: ↑golden, ↑favourable, ↑lucky, ↑prosperous
Similar to: ↑propitious
Derivationally related forms: ↑luckiness (for: ↑lucky), ↑favourableness (for: ↑favourable), ↑favorableness
4. inclined to help or support; not antagonistic or hostile

a government friendly to our interests


an amicable agreement

Syn: ↑friendly, ↑well-disposed
Similar to: ↑amicable
Derivationally related forms: ↑friendliness (for: ↑friendly)
5. occurring at a convenient or suitable time

an opportune time to receive guests

Syn: ↑favourable
Similar to: ↑convenient

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  • Favorable — Fa vor*a*ble (f[=a] v[ e]r*[.a]*b l), a. [Written also {favourable}.] [F. favorable, L. favorabilis favored, popular, pleasing, fr. favor. See {Favor}, n.] 1. Full of favor; favoring; manifesting partiality; kind; propitious; friendly. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • favorable — [fā′vər ə bəl] adj. [ME < OFr < L favorabilis] 1. approving or commending 2. advantageous 3. pleasing or desirable [a favorable impression] favorableness n. favorably adv. SYN. FAVORABLE applies to that which is distinctly helpful or… …   English World dictionary

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  • favorable — I (advantageous) adjective advisable, appropriate, auspicious, becoming, befitting, beneficial, commodus, conducive, convenient, desirable, encouraging, expedient, felicitous, fit, fitting, fortunate, full of promise, good, helpful, opportune,… …   Law dictionary

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