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Definitions for propitious
prəˈpɪʃ əspro·pi·tious

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. propitiousadjective

    presenting favorable circumstances; likely to result in or show signs of success

    "propitious omens"; "propitious gales speeded us along"; "a propitious alignment of planets for space exploration"


  1. propitiousadjective

    Favorable; benevolent (e.g. propitious weather)

  2. propitiousadjective

    Favorably disposed towards someone.

  3. propitiousadjective


  4. propitiousadjective

    Characteristic of a good omen: auspicious.

  5. Etymology: From propicius, from

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Propitiousadjective

    Favourable; kind.

    Etymology: propitius, Lat. propice, Fr.

    T’ assuage the force of this new flame,
    And make thee more propitious in my need,
    I mean to sing the praises of thy name. Edmund Spenser.

    Let not my words offend thee,
    My maker, be propitious while I speak! John Milton.

    Indulgent God! propitious pow’r to Troy,
    Swift to relieve, unwilling to destroy. Dryden.

    Would but thy sister Marcia be propitious
    To thy friend’s vows. Joseph Addison, Cato.

    Ere Phœbus rose, he had implor’d
    Propitious heav’n. Alexander Pope, Rape of the Lock.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Propitiousadjective

    convenient; auspicious; favorable; kind; as, a propitious season; a propitious breeze

  2. Propitiousadjective

    hence, kind; gracious; merciful; helpful; -- said of a person or a divinity

Editors Contribution


    If something is propitious, it is likely to lead to success;with the conditions or qualities needed for a successful result;likely to result in success, or showing signs of success;favorably disposed : BENEVOLENT,being a good omen : AUSPICIOUS,tending to favor,indicative of favor : ADVANTAGEOUS,favorably inclined; disposed to bestow favors or forgive; bright, encouraging, fair, golden, heartening, hopeful, likely, optimistic,rose-colored, roseate, rosy, upbeat,Likely or certain to be successful,feasible,promising,up-and-coming,presenting favorable conditions,favorable; auguring well,gracious or favourably inclined;Affording benefit:benefic, beneficent, beneficial, benignant, favorable, good, helpful, profitable, salutary, toward, useful.Occurring at a fitting or advantageous time: favorable, opportune, prosperous, seasonable, timely, well-timed.Indicative of future success or full of promise:benign,brilliant, fair, favorable, fortunate, good.favourable,lucky.

    The timing is particularly propitious because such prices have the most immediate effects when they tip the balance between two already available technologies.

    Submitted by anonymous on June 22, 2020  

  2. Propitious

    都合の良い in Japanese.

    Submitted by anonymous on June 16, 2019  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of propitious in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of propitious in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of propitious in a Sentence

  1. Pedro Cabán:

    The atmosphere in Washington is not propitious for that at all, you know, in this country we can't come to an agreement about whether to wear masks or not. Imagine inviting a new state that is going to push the balance of power further into the Democratic side. There's no chance that the Republicans will stand for that.

  2. David Axelrod:

    Anything that changes the subject is good news. It's been a rough stretch for him. It is a chance for him both to fulfill a promise and do something that unifies his caucus and gives him a win, this is a propitious time to be talking about Supreme Court. If the current court does as we expect and guts Roe vs. Wade in the spring, this could be a motivating factor for voters on the Democratic side, particularly women, particularly in the suburbs, which will be important. And having a stellar nominee who impresses joining the bench after June could be part of that mix.

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