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

  Favorable \Fa"vor*a*ble\ (f[=a]"v[~e]r*[.a]*b'l), a. [Written
     also favourable.] [F. favorable, L. favorabilis favored,
     popular, pleasing, fr. favor. See Favor, n.]
     1. Full of favor; favoring; manifesting partiality; kind;
        propitious; friendly.
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              Lend favorable ears to our request.   --Shak.
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              Lord, thou hast been favorable unto thy land. --Ps.
                                                    lxxxv. 1.
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     2. Conducive; contributing; tending to promote or facilitate;
        advantageous; convenient.
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              A place very favorable for the making levies of men.
                                                    --Clarendon.
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              The temper of the climate, favorable to generation,
              health, and long life.                --Sir W.
                                                    Temple.
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     3. Beautiful; well-favored. [Obs.] --Spenser. --
        Fa"vora*ble*ness, n. -- Fa"vor*a*bly, adv.
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              The favorableness of the present times to all
              exertions in the cause of liberty.    --Burke.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  favourable
      adj 1: encouraging or approving or pleasing; "a favorable
             reply"; "he received a favorable rating"; "listened with
             a favorable ear"; "made a favorable impression" [syn:
             favorable, favourable] [ant: unfavorable,
             unfavourable]
      2: (of winds or weather) tending to promote or facilitate; "the
         days were fair and the winds were favorable" [syn:
         favorable, favourable] [ant: unfavorable,
         unfavourable]
      3: occurring at a convenient or suitable time; "an opportune
         time to receive guests" [syn: favorable, favourable]
      4: presaging or likely to bring good luck; "a favorable time to
         ask for a raise"; "lucky stars"; "a prosperous moment to make
         a decision" [syn: golden, favorable, favourable,
         lucky, prosperous]

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