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FAVORABLE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does favorable mean? 

FAVORABLE (adjective)
  The adjective FAVORABLE has 5 senses:

1. encouraging or approving or pleasing
2. (of winds or weather) tending to promote or facilitate
3. favorably disposed; not antagonistic
4. favoring or bringing good luck
5. occurring at a convenient or suitable time

  Familiarity information: FAVORABLE used as an adjective is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


FAVORABLE (adjective)


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Meaning:

Encouraging or approving or pleasing

Synonyms:

favorable; favourable

Context examples:

a favorable reply / he received a favorable rating / listened with a favorable ear / made a favorable impression

Similar:

pleasing (able to please or win approval)

approbative; approbatory; approving; plausive (expressing or manifesting praise or approval)

indulgent (being favorably inclined)

Also:

good (having desirable or positive qualities especially those suitable for a thing specified)

complimentary (conveying or resembling a compliment)

affirmative; affirmatory (affirming or giving assent)

Antonym:

unfavorable (not encouraging or approving or pleasing)


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Meaning:

(of winds or weather) tending to promote or facilitate

Synonyms:

favorable; favourable

Context example:

the days were fair and the winds were favorable

Similar:

following (in the desired direction)

Also:

propitious (presenting favorable circumstances; likely to result in or show signs or success)

Antonym:

unfavorable ((of winds or weather) tending to hinder or oppose)


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Meaning:

Favorably disposed; not antagonistic

Synonyms:

well-disposed; favorable

Context example:

a government favorable to our interests

Similar:

friendly (characteristic of or befitting a friend)


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Meaning:

Favoring or bringing good luck

Synonyms:

lucky; favorable; favourable; prosperous; golden

Context examples:

a favorable time to ask for a raise / lucky stars / a prosperous moment to make a decision

Similar:

propitious (presenting favorable circumstances; likely to result in or show signs or success)


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Meaning:

Occurring at a convenient or suitable time

Synonyms:

favourable; favorable

Context example:

an opportune time to receive guests

Similar:

convenient (suited to your comfort or purpose or needs)


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