Definition of favourable adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    (especially US English favorable) adjective
    BrE BrE//ˈfeɪvərəbl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfeɪvərəbl//
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  1. 1making people have a good opinion of somebody/something She made a favourable impression on his parents. The biography shows him in a favourable light.
  2. 2positive and showing your good opinion of somebody/something favourable comments Reviews of the book have been favourable.
  3. 3favourable (to/for somebody/something) good for something and making it likely to be successful or have an advantage synonym advantageous The terms of the agreement are favourable to both sides. The weather was favourable for a barbecue outside. favourable economic conditions
  4. 4fairly good and not too expensive They offered me a loan on very favourable terms.
  5. opposite unfavourable
    Word OriginMiddle English: via Old French from Latin favorabilis, from favor, from favere ‘show kindness to’ (related to fovere ‘cherish’).Extra examples His proposals met with a broadly favourable response. She gained a highly favourable impression of the company. The court’s judgement was favourable to their client. terms that could hardly be considered favourable An area with a favourable climate will inevitably be richer than one without. She made a very favourable impression on his parents. The biography showed him in a favourable light. The government is waiting until economic conditions are more favourable. The performance drew a lot of favourable comments from reviewers. The report was very favourable to the existing government. The weather was favourable, so we arrived earlier than expected. Winning the debate put him in a very favourable position.