Definition of favorable in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfāv(ə)rəb(ə)l/
(British favourable)


1Expressing approval: the book received highly favorable reviews
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  • Amazingly, this rookie has amassed more favourable and even rave reviews than I can stretch my mind to believe.
  • Members of the board of management were over-whelmed by the enthusiasm and favourable comments expressed by so many visitors.
  • If the film received favorable reviews on initial release, that praise paled in comparison to word-of-mouth buzz following a real nuclear accident.
approving, commendatory, complimentary, flattering, glowing, enthusiastic;
good, pleasing, positive
informal rave
positive, affirmative, assenting, agreeing, approving;
encouraging, reassuring
1.1Giving consent: their demands rarely received a favorable response
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  • She assured the town that the Allied Arts Council would be responsible for raising the extra funds needed for the project and they received a favourable response from council
  • And in another boost to Land Securities' hopes of winning permission this time round, ordinary members of the public have given a generally favourable response to the scheme.
  • There was a very favourable response to the laying of the kerbs in the village, the enhancement of the graveyard, the opening of the Carn walk and wall building on the approach roads.
2To the advantage of someone or something: they made a settlement favorable to the unions
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  • It is likely to be most convenient, and the general conditions there are most favorable to the bulbs at this stage of their existence.
  • For collective bargaining to have a real point, it must achieve wage rates and non-wage conditions more favourable to the employees than the customary rate.
  • He suggested the focus should rather be placed on publishing monthly unemployment figures and on creating conditions favourable to the growth of the first economy.
advantageous, beneficial, in one's favor, good, right, suitable, fitting, appropriate;
2.1(Of a wind) blowing in the direction of travel.
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  • A favourable wind blowing from the Great Mountains in the west caught the little boat's sail as she moved away from the quayside at Bhuin.
  • When the wind was in a favourable direction, chlorine gas was released from the British front line so that it could drift over to the German front line.
  • The wind was already blowing in a favorable direction so it took only the barest hint of his power to begin his glide.
2.2(Of weather, or a period of time judged in terms of its weather) fine.
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  • During periods of favorable weather, the summer surf occasionally ‘greens up’ with offshore currents of shocking clarity.
  • The bigger the gap between rings, the better the growth, and the likelier that the weather that year was favourable.
  • It depends on both a suitable slot and favourable weather.
2.3Suggesting a good outcome: a favorable prognosis
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  • After all said and done, it was a friendly match with a favorable outcome for all, especially with the addition of a few amber colored refreshments.
  • As it stands it's a weak prosecution case, the matter will be vigorously defended, and I'm very confident of a favourable outcome.
  • Indeed, there's a favourable outcome - Dolly seems to have decided that sleeping on the kitchen counter really isn't a good idea after all and has decamped to a corner of the bathroom.



Pronunciation: /ˈfāvər(ə)bəlnəs/ Pronunciation: /ˈfāvrəbəlnəs/
Example sentences
  • In addition to providing percentage estimates for each trait, participants rated the favourableness of each trait.


Middle English: via Old French from Latin favorabilis, from favor (see favor).

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Syllabification: fa·vor·a·ble

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