favourable

favourable
[[t]fe͟ɪvərəb(ə)l[/t]]
(in AM, use favorable)
1) ADJ-GRADED: ADJ n, v-link ADJ to n If your opinion or your reaction is favourable to something, you agree with it and approve of it.

His recently completed chapel for Fitzwilliam is attracting favourable comment...

In Switzerland, banks and big companies are favourable to EC membership.

Derived words:
favourably [[t]fe͟ɪvərəbli[/t]] ADV-GRADED ADV with v

He listened intently, and responded favourably to both my suggestions...

He was quite favourably impressed with the new French commander.

2) ADJ-GRADED: oft ADJ to n If something makes a favourable impression on you or is favourable to you, you like it and approve of it.

His ability to talk tough while eating fast made a favourable impression on his dining companions...

These terms were favourable to India.

Syn:
positive, good
3) ADJ-GRADED: oft ADJ to n/-ing Favourable conditions make something more likely to succeed or seem more attractive.

It's believed the conditions in which the elections are being held are too favourable to the government.

...favourable weather conditions.

Syn:
Derived words:
favourably ADV-GRADED ADV -ed, ADV after v

Japan is thus favourably placed to maintain its lead as the most successful manufacturing nation.

4) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n If you make a favourable comparison between two things, you say that the first is better than or as good as the second.

The film bears favourable technical comparison with Hollywood productions costing 10 times as much.

Derived words:
favourably ADV-GRADED usu ADV after v, also ADV -ed

Britain's overall road safety record compares favourably with that of other European countries.


English dictionary. 2008.

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