1. characterized by approval or support; positive: a favorable report.
  2. creating or winning favor; pleasing: to make a favorable impression.
  3. affording advantage, opportunity, or convenience; advantageous: a favorable position.
  4. (of an answer) granting what is desired.
  5. boding well; propitious: The signs are favorable for a new start.

mid-14c., from Old French favorable “well-disposed, favorable, partial,” from Latin favorabilis “favored, in favor,” from favor (see favor (n.)). Related: Favorably.

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