- When a movie gets two thumbs up, this is an example of a favorable review.
- When you ask a question and the answer seems like it will be yes, this is an example of a time when you can expect a favorable response.
- When you negotiate a divorce settlement and you get more than you really should have, this is an example of a favorable outcome.
- When your doctor says it is very likely you will make a full recovery, this is an example of a favorable prognosis.
The definition of favorable is positive, advantageous or approving.
- approving or commending
- pleasing or desirable: a favorable impression
Origin of favorableMiddle English from Old French from Classical Latin favorabilis
- Advantageous; helpful: favorable winds.
- Encouraging; propitious: a favorable diagnosis.
- Manifesting approval; commendatory: a favorable report.
- Winning approval; pleasing: a favorable impression.
- Granting what has been desired or requested: a favorable reply.
- Indulgent or partial: listened with a favorable ear.
favorable propitious auspicious benign conducive
These adjectives describe what is indicative of a successful outcome. Favorable can refer to what contributes in a positive way to the attainment of a goal: a favorable review. Propitious implies a favorable tendency or inclination: “Miracles are propitious accidents” (George Santayana). Auspicious refers to what presages good fortune: an auspicious beginning. Benign applies to people or things that exert a beneficial influence: “I lingered round them, under that benign sky . . . and wondered how anyone could ever imagine unquiet slumbers, for the sleepers in that quiet earth” (Emily Brontë). Something conducive leads or contributes to a result, often a desirable one: a quiet place conducive to reading.
(comparative more favorable, superlative most favorable)
- pleasing, encouraging or approving
- The candidate wearing the business suite made a favorable impression.
- useful or helpful
- We made quick progress, due to favorable winds.
- convenient or at a suitable time; opportune
- The rain stopped at a favourable time for our tennis match.
- auspicious or lucky
- She says that she was born under a favorable star.
From Old French favorable, from Latin favorabilis