Middle English favourable, from Old French favorable, from Latin favorabilis, from favor.
favourable (comparative more favourable, superlative most favourable)
- Pleasing, encouraging or approving.
- Synonyms: approving, encouraging, good, pleasing
- Antonyms: bad, discouraging, displeasing, unfavorable
The candidate wearing the business suite made a favourable impression.
- Useful or helpful.
- Synonyms: advantageous, helpful, useful
- Antonym: unhelpful
We made quick progress, due to favourable winds.
- 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.
- Auspicious or lucky.
- Synonyms: auspicious, fortunate, lucky
- Antonyms: inauspicious, unfavourable, unlucky
She says that she was born under a favourable star.
Borrowed from Old French favorable, from Latin favorabilis; equivalent to favour + -able.
- IPA(key): /ˌfaːvuˈraːbəl/, /ˌfaːvuˈraːblə/
- benevolent, well-disposed
- biased, prejudiced
- pleasing, attractive
- (rare) beneficial, favourable