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Middle English, from Old French favorable, from Latin favorabilis, from favor.


  • IPA(key): /ˈfeɪv(ə)ɹəbəl/
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favourable (comparative more favourable, superlative most favourable)

  1. Pleasing, encouraging or approving.
    Synonyms: approving, encouraging, good, pleasing
    Antonyms: bad, discouraging, displeasing, unfavorable
    The candidate wearing the business suite made a favourable impression.
  2. Useful or helpful.
    Synonyms: advantageous, helpful, useful
    Antonym: unhelpful
    We made quick progress, due to favourable winds.
  3. Convenient or at a suitable time; opportune.
    Synonyms: convenient, good, handy, opportune, suitable
    Antonyms: bad, inconvenient, inopportune, unsuitable
    The rain stopped at a favourable time for our tennis match.
  4. Auspicious or lucky.
    Synonyms: auspicious, fortunate, lucky
    Antonyms: inauspicious, unfavourable, unlucky
    She says that she was born under a favourable star.

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