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 for propitious
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Propitious \Pro*pi"tious\, a. [L. propitius, perhaps originally
     a term of augury meaning, flying forward (pro) or well; cf.
     Skr. pat to fly, E. petition, feather.]
     [1913 Webster]
     1. Convenient; auspicious; favorable; kind; as, a propitious
        season; a propitious breeze.
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     2. Hence, kind; gracious; merciful; helpful; -- said of a
        person or a divinity. --Milton.
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              And now t' assuage the force of this new flame,
              And make thee [Love] more propitious in my need.
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     Syn: Auspicious; favorable; kind.
     Usage: Propitious, Auspicious. Auspicious (from the
            ancient idea of auspices, or omens) denotes
            "indicative of success," or "favored by incidental
            occurrences;" as, an auspicious opening; an auspicious
            event. Propitious denotes that which efficaciously
            protect us in some undertaking, speeds our exertions,
            and decides our success; as, propitious gales;
            propitious influences.
            [1913 Webster] -- Pro*pi"tious*ly, adv. --
            Pro*pi"tious*ness, n.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: presenting favorable circumstances; likely to result in
             or show signs of success; "propitious omens"; "propitious
             gales speeded us along"; "a propitious alignment of
             planets for space exploration" [ant: unpropitious]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  66 Moby Thesaurus words for "propitious":
     advantageous, amicable, appropriate, auspicious, befitting,
     beneficent, beneficial, benevolent, benign, benignant, brave,
     bright, bright with promise, cheering, convenient, cooperative,
     dexter, encouraging, expedient, fair, favorable, favoring,
     felicitous, fit, fitting, fortunate, friendly, full of promise,
     golden, good, happy, helpful, inspiring, inspiriting, kind, kindly,
     kindly-disposed, looking up, lucky, meet, neighborly, of good omen,
     of happy portent, of promise, opportune, pregnant of good,
     promising, prosperous, providential, reassuring, ripe, rosy,
     seasonable, sortable, suitable, supportive, timely, toward, useful,
     well-affected, well-disposed, well-intentioned, well-meaning,
     well-meant, well-timed, white

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