from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Advantageous; helpful: favorable winds.
  • adj. Encouraging; propitious: a favorable diagnosis.
  • adj. Manifesting approval; commendatory: a favorable report.
  • adj. Winning approval; pleasing: a favorable impression.
  • adj. Granting what has been desired or requested: a favorable reply.
  • adj. Indulgent or partial: listened with a favorable ear.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. pleasing, encouraging or approving
  • adj. useful or helpful
  • adj. convenient or at a suitable time; opportune
  • adj. auspicious or lucky

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Full of favor; favoring; manifesting partiality; kind; propitious; friendly.
  • adj. Conducive; contributing; tending to promote or facilitate; advantageous; convenient.
  • adj. Beautiful; well-favored.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Kind; friendly; well inclined; manifesting good will or partiality.
  • Conducive; contributing; tending to promote: as, conditions favorable to population.
  • Convenient; advantageous; affording facilities: as, a favorable position; favorable weather.
  • Having a pleasing favor or appearance; well favored; beautiful.
  • Synonyms Auspicious, willing, inclined (toward).
  • 2 and 3. Fit, adapted, suitable.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. inclined to help or support; not antagonistic or hostile
  • adj. (of winds or weather) tending to promote or facilitate
  • adj. encouraging or approving or pleasing
  • adj. occurring at a convenient or suitable time
  • adj. presaging or likely to bring good luck


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