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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.


  1. favourable

    Favourable generally refers to something that is advantageous, beneficial, or promoting or resulting in a good outcome. It could also mean something that is positively received or looked upon with approval or satisfaction. In addition, it can describe conditions or circumstances that increase the chances of success or effectiveness.

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. Johannes Caspar:

    The fact that the companies have eventually implemented a legal basis for the transfer had to be taken into account in a favourable way for the calculation of the fines, for future infringements, stricter measures have to be applied.

  2. Kaur Pola:

    Malakoff's gearing is not low at 290 percent, so sizable acquisitions would require equity, in the current environment, any association with 1MDB would be negative. In addition, 1MDB paid fairly rich valuations for its assets so a favourable transaction is not likely.

  3. Shahriar Kabir:

    After filing the case, we realised that the bench would not be favourable for us, so we did not move further.

  4. Chief Executive Nick Read:

    We remain very focused on our organic strategy, the market remains structurally favourable for us.

  5. Chang Sea-jin:

    Adopting something like dual-class shares would be basically adding a measure that favours the families on top of what is already a favourable system for them.

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