favourable

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Favorable \Fa"vor*a*ble\ (f[=a]"v[~e]r*[.a]*b'l), adjective [Written also {favourable}.] [F. favorable, L. favorabilis favored, popular, pleasing, fr. favor. See {Favor}, noun]

1. Full of favor; favoring; manifesting partiality; kind; propitious; friendly.

Lend favorable ears to our request. --Shak.

Lord, thou hast been favorable unto thy land. --Ps. lxxxv. 1.

2. Conducive; contributing; tending to promote or facilitate; advantageous; convenient.

A place very favorable for the making levies of men. --Clarendon.

The temper of the climate, favorable to generation, health, and long life. --Sir W. Temple.

3. Beautiful; well-favored. [Obs.] --Spenser. -- {Fa"vora*ble*ness}, noun -- {Fa"vor*a*bly}, adverb

The favorableness of the present times to all exertions in the cause of liberty. --Burke.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

favourable

adjective

1: encouraging or approving or pleasing; "a favorable reply"; "he received a favorable rating"; "listened with a favorable ear"; "made a favorable impression" [syn: {favorable}, {favourable}] [ant: {unfavorable}, {unfavourable}]

2: (of winds or weather) tending to promote or facilitate; "the days were fair and the winds were favorable" [syn: {favorable}, {favourable}] [ant: {unfavorable}, {unfavourable}]

3: occurring at a convenient or suitable time; "an opportune time to receive guests" [syn: {favorable}, {favourable}]

4: presaging or likely to bring good luck; "a favorable time to ask for a raise"; "lucky stars"; "a prosperous moment to make a decision" [syn: {golden}, {favorable}, {favourable}, {lucky}, {prosperous}]


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