2. Encouraging; propitious: a favorable diagnosis.
3. Manifesting approval; commendatory: a favorable report.
4. Winning approval; pleasing: a favorable impression.
5. Granting what has been desired or requested: a favorable reply.
6. Indulgent or partial: listened with a favorable ear.
Synonyms: favorable, propitious, auspicious, benign, conducive These adjectives describe what is indicative of a successful outcome. Favorable can refer to what contributes in a positive way to the attainment of a goal: a favorable review. Propitious implies a favorable tendency or inclination: Miracles are propitious accidents (George Santayana). Auspicious refers to what presages good fortune: an auspicious beginning. Benign applies to people or things that exert a beneficial influence: I lingered round them, under that benign sky . . . and wondered how anyone could ever imagine unquiet slumbers, for the sleepers in that quiet earth (Emily Brontë). Something conducive leads or contributes to a result, often a desirable one: a quiet place conducive to reading.
favorable /fevrbl, fevr/ adj.1 approving, positive: I received a favorable report from the doctor.2 pleasing: The first day of class, the instructor made a favorable impression on the students.3 advantageous, conducive: We have favorable weather for our sailing trip now.