favourable

Definitions

  • Kissing goes by favour
    Kissing goes by favour
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj favourable presaging or likely to bring good luck "a favorable time to ask for a raise","lucky stars","a prosperous moment to make a decision"
    • adj favourable occurring at a convenient or suitable time "an opportune time to receive guests"
    • adj favourable (of winds or weather) tending to promote or facilitate "the days were fair and the winds were favorable"
    • adj favourable encouraging or approving or pleasing "a favorable reply","he received a favorable rating","listened with a favorable ear","made a favorable impression"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Favourable friendly: propitious: conducive to: advantageous
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Idioms

Curry favour - If people try to curry favour, they try to get people to support them. ('Curry favor' is the American spelling.)
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr.,—L. favorfavēre, to favour, befriend.

Usage

In literature:

He spoke for a strongly-worded motion on a happier theme, in favour of the policy and memory of Canning.
"The Life of William Ewart Gladstone, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by John Morley
So far the smoke had favoured them.
"The Lone Ranche" by Captain Mayne Reid
The tide now evidently turned in my favour.
"Frank Mildmay" by Captain Frederick Marryat
There was a young lady, Donna Sophia, whom I had for some time instructed in music, who appeared to be more favourably inclined.
"The Pacha of Many Tales" by Frederick Marryat
Such aspirants were regarded with but little favour by Governor Simcoe.
"The Story of the Upper Canada Rebellion, Volume 1" by John Charles Dent
Diocletian mounted the imperial throne, A. D. 284; at first he showed great favour to the christians.
"Fox's Book of Martyrs" by John Foxe
But the first expresses a belief, then generally gaining ground, of a change in the Government in favour of the Grenville party.
"Memoirs of the Court of George IV. 1820-1830 (Vol 1)" by Duke of Buckingham and Chandos
I must now say a few words on the circumstances, favourable, or the reverse, to man's power of selection.
"On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection" by Charles Darwin
Increased animation in favour of missions to Japan became general in consequence.
"The Philippine Islands" by John Foreman
His desperate efforts to get off favoured the supposition that he was one or the other.
"The War Trail" by Mayne Reid
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In poetry:

There are some flowers of brightest bloom
Amid thy beautiful hair,
Give me those roses, they shall be
The favour I will wear.
"The Troubadour. Canto 1" by Letitia Elizabeth Landon
Thrice-favoured bard! to him alone
That green and snug retreat was shown,
Where to the vulgar herd unknown,
Our pens we plied.
"To E." by Amy Levy
Weary is her lot whose favour
For her wealth is held a prize;
Oft she finds no truthful homage,
Sees no love in pleading eyes.
"Colhorn" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell
Comes to pardon our transgression,
Like a cloud our sins to blot;
Comes to his own favour'd nation,
But his own receive him not.
"A Christmas Hymn" by Hannah More
Thou hast no worth, no might, no good,
His favour to procure:
But see his store, his pow'r, his blood!
Thy Husband's never poor.
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter I." by Ralph Erskine
Then since Fortunes favours fade,
You that in her arms do sleep,
Learn to swim and not to wade;
For the Hearts of Kings are deep.
"Upon The Sudden Restraint Of The Earl Of Somerset, Then Falling From Favour" by Sir Henry Wotton

In news:

While there are moments where Capcom would have you feel confident in your role as a gun-toting agent, there are others where they would kneecap you in favour of a jump-scare or other danger.
With Medinah, the site of this year's Ryder Cup competition, favouring big hitters, Nicolas Colsaerts is hoping captain Jose Maria Olazabal has taken notice of his play of late.
The Canadian Auto Workers union said the workers voted 98 per cent in favour of the deal that ended a three-week strike.
They show that the efforts by everyone at the Star and thestar.com to produce a quality newspaper and an informative and lively website are being favourably received by readers of all ages throughout the Greater Toronto Area.
Lonmin said more than 91 percent of votes cast were in favour.
Governments have been unswayed by arguments in favour of dropping the property transfer tax .
The demands for autographs and other favours are virtually endless, and being out in public is hard work.
'Shadow board' 53 per cent in favour of holding current interest rate but support is shifting towards a drop.
Thanks to the generosity of its fans and an accounting error in its favour, indebted Spanish football club Real Oviedo will live to play another football match.
Las Vegas-based Caesars Entertainment, one of several casino giants lobbying Toronto councillors to vote in favour of accepting a casino, favours that Front St location.
However, not all were in favour and questioned whether it was right for Channel 4 News to "sink to MacKenzie 's level".
Legislators voted by 556 to 61 in favour of the government.
But whereas northern European countries are traditionally strongly in favour of free trade, France, Italy, Spain and Greece have always been more protectionist , and they are among the countries most-affected by the Eurozone crisis.
And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.
A European Parliament committee last night voted in favour of a version of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive that could lead to stricter regulation of the hedge fund industry.
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In science:

Having done this, we have focused on generated dialogue, offering a number of arguments in favour of the Scripted Dialogue approach.
Dialogue as Discourse: Controlling Global Properties of Scripted Dialogue
We rather favour the interpretation that this scale is typical of instabilities in the ISM, which developped because of the compression by the jet cocoon.
Hot Very Small dust Grains in NGC 1068 seen in jet induced structures thanks to VLT/NACO adaptive optics
These are summarized in Table 1, where we have set the atmospheric angle to the experimentally favoured maximal value.
Neutrino Phenomenology -- the case of two right handed neutrinos
Although our constraints are admittedly weak, the non-detection of N V 1240 ˚A favours the interpretation that the Lyman-α arises from the Lyman continuum flux produced by OB stars, rather than the harder UV spectrum of a QSO.
Three Lyman-alpha Emitters at z approx 6: Early GMOS/Gemini Data from the GLARE Project
This paper is a direct continuation of an earlier work, where we studied Erd¨os-R´enyi random graphs perturbed by an interaction Hamiltonian favouring the formation of short cycles.
Perturbing General Uncorrelated Networks
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