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Princeton's WordNet

  1. favorable, favourableadjective

    encouraging or approving or pleasing

    "a favorable reply"; "he received a favorable rating"; "listened with a favorable ear"; "made a favorable impression"

  2. favorable, favourableadjective

    (of winds or weather) tending to promote or facilitate

    "the days were fair and the winds were favorable"

  3. favorable, favourableadjective

    occurring at a convenient or suitable time

    "an opportune time to receive guests"

  4. golden, favorable, favourable, lucky, prosperousadjective

    presaging or likely to bring good luck

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


  1. favourableadjective

    pleasing, encouraging or approving

    The candidate wearing the business suit made a favourable impression.

  2. favourableadjective

    useful or helpful

    We made quick progress, due to favourable winds.

  3. favourableadjective

    convenient or at a suitable time; opportune

    The rain stopped at a favourable time for our tennis match.

  4. favourableadjective

    auspicious or lucky

    She says that she was born under a favourable star.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Favourableadjective

    Etymology: favorable, French; favorabilis, Latin.

    Famous Plantagenet! most gracious prince,
    Lend favourable ear to our requests. William Shakespeare, Richard III.

    None can have the favourable thought,
    That to obey a tyrant’s will they fought. John Dryden, Juvenal.

    People are multiplied in a country by the temper of the climate, favourable to generation, to health, and long life. William Temple.

    Many good officers were willing to stay there, as a place very favourable for the making levies of men. Edward Hyde.

    Of all the race of silver-winged flies
    Which do possess the empire of the air,
    Betwixt the centred earth and azure skies
    Was none more favourable, nor more fair,
    Than Clarion, the eldest son and heir
    Of Muscarol. Edmund Spenser.

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'favourable' in Adjectives Frequency: #770

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of favourable in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of favourable in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of favourable in a Sentence

  1. Prabhat Singh:

    We are hopeful of a favourable response from them.

  2. Van Rooyen:

    I take this job at a very challenging time. I will endeavour to ensure every policy is directed at creating favourable investment conditions that will lead to the development of South Africa for all South Africans.

  3. Executive Wolfgang Bernhard:

    We are a long way from a corporate crisis, this will be a great year in an environment that is not favourable.

  4. Paul Kahn:

    In Wales alone, some 150-200,000 jobs could be directly impacted if Britain were to leave, if after an exit from the European Union, economic conditions in Britain were less favourable for business than in other parts of Europe, or beyond; would Airbus reconsider future investment in the United Kingdom? Yes, absolutely.

  5. Yutaka Miura:

    A combination of a dollar-yen level above 111 and higher U.S. stock futures is favourable to Japanese stocks, while sentiment has recovered.

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    any of a class of organic compounds containing the cyano radical -CN
    • A. hypernym
    • B. leaven
    • C. elan
    • D. nitrile

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