Definition of favourable in English:


Line breaks: fa¦vour|able
Pronunciation: /ˈfeɪv(ə)rəb(ə)l
(US favorable)


  • 1Expressing approval: the exhibitions received favourable 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, commending, praising, complimentary, flattering, glowing, appreciative, enthusiastic; good, pleasing, agreeable, successful, positive
    informal rave
    positive, affirmative, assenting, agreeing, concurring, approving, in the affirmative; encouraging, reassuring, supportive, in one's favour
  • 1.1Giving consent: their demands rarely received a favourable 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: favourable conditions for vegetation growth the settlement was favourable 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.
  • 2.1(Of a wind) blowing in the direction of travel: by sailing towards the land first you will find more favourable wind
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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.
  • 2.2Suggesting a good outcome: a favourable 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.



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  • 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 favour).

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