Definition of favorable in English:


(British favourable)


  • 1Expressing approval.

    ‘the book received highly favorable reviews’
    • ‘He is in the fourth week of the tour, receiving favourable reviews since opening in Blackpool.’
    • ‘It received numerous favourable reviews in newspapers and magazines all over the world, not least for her quality product, her warmth and friendliness and her keen prices.’
    • ‘That is why I think it hasn't got favourable reviews here, because something gets lost in the translation.’
    • ‘Favorable reviews often echoed the same shortcomings while forgiving them for other reasons.’
    • ‘Members of the board of management were over-whelmed by the enthusiasm and favourable comments expressed by so many visitors.’
    • ‘Between them they garnered some favourable reviews.’
    • ‘While I have a generally favorable impression of the book, I do have a couple of complaints.’
    • ‘The game has been met with generally favorable reviews, although I was a bit disappointed.’
    • ‘Presumably this review is the most favourable, in a prestigious journal, that the publisher could find.’
    • ‘Let's say one out of fifty goes online and writes a favorable review.’
    • ‘A coming-of-age romance set during the First World War and its aftermath, it garnered favourable reviews and won the prestigious John Llewelyn Prize.’
    • ‘Furthermore, overall attitudes toward such policies are becoming increasingly favorable.’
    • ‘They have taken out expensive adverts in the trade press, complete with favourable reviews.’
    • ‘I think I even read a favourable review in FT Magazine.’
    • ‘And, once again, many of the reviews were favourable.’
    • ‘Amazingly, this rookie has amassed more favourable and even rave reviews than I can stretch my mind to believe.’
    • ‘I thought I gave the book a pretty favorable review, and I certainly think it's worth reading.’
    • ‘I wrote a favourable review of this in the Bulletin in 1969.’
    • ‘If the film received favorable reviews on initial release, that praise paled in comparison to word-of-mouth buzz following a real nuclear accident.’
    • ‘The ad had reached enough viewers to make a favorable impression across the district.’
    approving, commendatory, commending, praising, complimentary, flattering, glowing, appreciative, enthusiastic
    positive, affirmative, assenting, agreeing, concurring, approving, in the affirmative
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    1. 1.1 Giving consent.
      ‘their demands rarely received a favorable response’
      • ‘We've had a very favourable response from customers.’
      • ‘She said there was an offer on the table from the health board to go to arbitration on the issue and they were waiting for the TEEU to give a favourable response.’
      • ‘Overall, the response was favourable with many Waterford people believing that charging for plastic bags will significantly reduce the numbers used.’
      • ‘If he had bothered to ask I am sure he would have got a favourable response.’
      • ‘The fund, which is currently operational, has received a favourable response.’
      • ‘‘We feel enough is happening within the club to justify a forum and I do believe we will get a favourable response,’ he said.’
      • ‘There was a very favourable response to the laying of the kerbs in the village, the enhancement of the graveyard, the opening of the Carn walk and wall building on the approach roads.’
      • ‘She and her fellow campaigners met with Wiltshire County Council officials last week and met with a favourable response.’
      • ‘There has been a favourable response but there is room for improvement all the time.’
      • ‘And in another boost to Land Securities' hopes of winning permission this time round, ordinary members of the public have given a generally favourable response to the scheme.’
      • ‘She assured the town that the Allied Arts Council would be responsible for raising the extra funds needed for the project and they received a favourable response from council’
      • ‘The proposal to replace Greenfoot with the extra care facility has met with a favourable response in Settle.’
      • ‘Anyone wanting to reproduce one of my poems will almost always get a speedy and favourable response to an inquiry.’
      • ‘There has already been a favourable response to the proposals from local people.’
      • ‘We can wait for a favourable response from the GAA in the next two weeks.’
      • ‘His demand for a €14 hike in social welfare payments got a favourable response.’
      • ‘Plans to revive traditional shire county names has received a favourable response in Westmorland.’
      • ‘But Leeds City Council planners, who will have the final say, have already given a favourable response to the main thrust of the scheme.’
  • 2To the advantage of someone or something.

    ‘they made a settlement favorable to the unions’
    • ‘Environmental conditions in the US are expected to be very favorable for rust development.’
    • ‘It is likely to be most convenient, and the general conditions there are most favorable to the bulbs at this stage of their existence.’
    • ‘Perhaps in ideally favorable environments most genotypes yield more or less the same phenotype.’
    • ‘The formation of biofilms makes conditions more favorable for bacterial persistence in the lungs.’
    • ‘Conditions at the time were favourable to his securing political independence.’
    • ‘The 1960s brought up new environmental concerns that created a climate favorable to development of alternative fuels.’
    • ‘That is, the fungal spores find a home in the garden by locating environmental conditions favorable to their reproduction and infestation.’
    • ‘For collective bargaining to have a real point, it must achieve wage rates and non-wage conditions more favourable to the employees than the customary rate.’
    • ‘Only in the far east were conditions different and more favourable to battle.’
    • ‘Seeds of some species do not germinate when placed under conditions normally regarded as favourable to germination and are said to be dormant.’
    • ‘They can be designed and directed to influence the will of foreign leadership to create conditions favorable to any country's strategic aims or objectives.’
    • ‘Without this favorable environment, transformational activities would have been more difficult to undertake.’
    • ‘A less stringent criterion is whether a certain type of mutation occurs more often under conditions favorable to the survival of the resulting mutants.’
    • ‘He suggested the focus should rather be placed on publishing monthly unemployment figures and on creating conditions favourable to the growth of the first economy.’
    • ‘A favorable climate of legislation, regulation, and taxation will foster such development.’
    • ‘Warm conditions similarly are highly favorable to the evolution of high performance.’
    • ‘Several conditions were favourable to the use of underground tactics.’
    • ‘We postulate that past experience can lead us to the identification of initial conditions favorable to crystallization.’
    • ‘When conditions becomes favorable for rust development, the inoculum is always available.’
    • ‘Old, mature fig trees can grow at least 40 feet tall in favorable climates.’
    • ‘Changing political and social conditions both helped to shape ideas and to create conditions favourable to their development.’
    advantageous, beneficial, of benefit, in one's favour, on one's side, helpful, good, right, conducive, convenient, suitable, fit, fitting, appropriate
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    1. 2.1 (of a wind) blowing in the direction of travel.
      • ‘Most slave ships sailed between August and October, when the winds were favourable.’
      • ‘They could not have sailed without a favourable wind.’
      • ‘And so they traveled north with the current and favorable winds of the season.’
      • ‘Dragonflies that migrate appear to build up fat reserves, wait for favorable winds, take rest breaks, and reorient themselves when they lose their way, according to the study.’
      • ‘The record breaking flight is expected to take place in April, but could be put back to October depending on test flights and favourable winds.’
      • ‘There they await favorable winds and temperatures before crossing Lake Erie and continuing on to overwinter sites in Mexico.’
      • ‘Eager to attack Troy, Agamemnon kills her, and the Greeks are given favorable winds for their ships.’
      • ‘This especially is true under a favorable wind.’
      • ‘Even in the harbor they were raising sails that caught a favorable wind.’
      • ‘He tells her that he was a host for him for twelve days until the wind was favorable again.’
      • ‘A favourable wind blowing from the Great Mountains in the west caught the little boat's sail as she moved away from the quayside at Bhuin.’
      • ‘The winds were favorable, and the only obstacle on approach or departure was a 10-foot-high barbed-wire fence surrounding the site.’
      • ‘On its long Atlantic voyage, the armada made good progress with favourable winds filling the sails.’
      • ‘The wind was already blowing in a favorable direction so it took only the barest hint of his power to begin his glide.’
      • ‘This year, there were favorable winds nearly all the time.’
      • ‘It was propelled by oars in battle, and carried sails for use in favourable winds.’
      • ‘If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable.’
      • ‘Over the months, William's army was rigorously disciplined and trained before being ready to sail for England, but they had to wait until September before having a favourable wind.’
      • ‘When the wind was in a favourable direction, chlorine gas was released from the British front line so that it could drift over to the German front line.’
      • ‘A big storm is just blowing out, creating more favorable winds.’
    2. 2.2 (of weather, or a period of time judged in terms of its weather) fine.
      ‘a very favorable, sometimes glorious, October’
      • ‘If the weather is favourable there will be a barbecue but if not there will be activities inside the community centre.’
      • ‘The weather was favourable on Friday and Saturday.’
      • ‘But playing summer soccer in a strong Gaelic football county is not designed to win big crowds, although the players are happy to play in favourable weather and on good surfaces.’
      • ‘The bigger the gap between rings, the better the growth, and the likelier that the weather that year was favourable.’
      • ‘During periods of favorable weather, the summer surf occasionally ‘greens up’ with offshore currents of shocking clarity.’
      • ‘And, providing the weather is favourable, the delegation will also be able to sample the sandy beaches of Bundoran during the week.’
      • ‘As the weather was favourable, the first port of call was Carramore beach.’
      • ‘Once again, the weather was favourable, and again a lot of litter was removed, greatly improving the amenity value of the river.’
      • ‘Even in winter, as long as the weather was favourable, you could still fish.’
      • ‘Will this be a good year with favorable weather for a change?’
      • ‘It depends on both a suitable slot and favourable weather.’
      • ‘The coyote was sleek and healthy, a reflection of the plenitude provided by months of favorable weather.’
      • ‘Experts are already predicting one of the best seasons ever for anglers, thanks to bumper stocks and favourable weather.’
      • ‘A committed group of people turns out annually and hopefully if the weather is favourable on Sunday next we'll see a good number of walkers to keep up this long tradition.’
      • ‘This year, good rains and favorable weather have the habitat in the parkland looking better than it has in more than a decade, Sharp said.’
      • ‘The board is hoping for favourable weather and another big attendance.’
      • ‘Plantings in Donegal are ahead of elsewhere in the country, due to more favourable weather in the region over the last two months.’
      • ‘Those two factors, and the generally favourable weather, played a big part in making the meeting the success it was.’
      • ‘The recent one day trip to Ballintubber Abbey and Church Island by a group from the parish was blessed with favourable weather.’
      • ‘"We are looking to put it right as soon as the weather is favourable, " she said.’
    3. 2.3 Suggesting a good outcome.
      ‘a favorable prognosis’
      • ‘A win is the most favourable outcome for them, a draw may or may not allow them to proceed.’
      • ‘On a personal level, the fact that your opponents just happen to be your former employers merely helps to strengthen your resolve and your determination to procure a favourable outcome.’
      • ‘Solutions will require both national measures as well as a determined effort by Government to secure the favourable outcome to EU negotiations.’
      • ‘So thanks to you all once again for all your help and hopefully we will have a favourable outcome in a few weeks time.’
      • ‘Not even the debate's ground in reality can be agreed upon - let alone what would constitute a favourable outcome for most parties.’
      • ‘Of course the loss of one life is too many, but it would perhaps have been unrealistic to wish for quite such a favourable outcome.’
      • ‘The possibility of a favourable outcome to such an enterprise reaches the vanishing point.’
      • ‘After all said and done, it was a friendly match with a favorable outcome for all, especially with the addition of a few amber colored refreshments.’
      • ‘Future international cases, where the defendants hail from less liberal countries and do not have the benefit of a constitution, might not have such a favourable outcome.’
      • ‘A hawan is a priestly ceremony in the Hindu tradition, whose purpose here would be to give thanks to the gods for the boy's favorable outcome in the national competitive exams.’
      • ‘If people want a claim investigated they're going to have to be sure of a favourable outcome.’
      • ‘Most have already been consulted on the scheme and have indicated a favourable outcome.’
      • ‘As it stands it's a weak prosecution case, the matter will be vigorously defended, and I'm very confident of a favourable outcome.’
      • ‘Sadly, both of these groups are biased and are only after one outcome - a favourable one to whoever is sponsoring the work.’
      • ‘May we take this opportunity to extend our very best wishes for a favourable outcome in the replay on Saturday last.’
      • ‘Indeed, there's a favourable outcome - Dolly seems to have decided that sleeping on the kitchen counter really isn't a good idea after all and has decamped to a corner of the bathroom.’
      • ‘From this we can predict favourable and unfavourable outcomes.’
      • ‘A more favourable outcome is anticipated tomorrow.’
      • ‘A favourable outcome would allow us to begin in September and the project would take two years to complete.’
      • ‘Often it seemed that his teachers were not well placed to contain and divert this student's behavior toward more favorable outcomes.’


Middle English: via Old French from Latin favorabilis, from favor (see favor).