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First published 1951 (DOST Vol. II).
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Favorabill, -able, a. Also: favorabile, faworabill; favour(e)abill, -able. [ME. favorabel (1340), -able, favourable, OF. favorable, L. favōrābilis.]

1. Inclined to, or showing, favour; well-disposed. 1456 Hay I. 243/31.
And [= if] he be … favourable in punyciown of mysdoaris
c1420 Wynt. vii. 1172 (W).
Large and liberall of almous Till thaim that nedit, … And richt fauorable foroutin faill
1501 Prestwick B. Rec. 36.
This he did becaus he was his marowe in fauorable wys
1513 Doug. i. xi. 101.
Heir mot be … gentil Juno to ws fauorabill and meik
Ib. v. iv. 133.
The favorabill forton so gan the breistis of the otheris avance
1568 Pref. Lyndesay 8.
The mercyfull God, of his greit mercy, and fauourabill lufe towartis man [etc.]
a1578 Pitsc. I. 87/11.
Feirand … the king … to be more faworabill to Schir William Creichtoune nor to him

2. Winning or deserving favour; regarded with favour; attractive. 1490 Irland Mir. I. 108/4.
Mercy, to mak humyll supplicacioune, … and pes to mak favorable accord
a1499 Contempl. Sinn. 116.
Ȝit may his hie prudens In to the kirk caus reformacioun Be fauorable fassoun
c1550 Rolland C. Venus ii. 412.
Ane ladye … Richt fauorable of fassoun, and facound
1622-6 Bisset I. 264/27.
All suspensionis ar odious and na wyise favoureabill

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