Favorable vs Worthy - What's the difference?

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Favorable is a related term of worthy.

As adjectives the difference between favorable and worthy

is that favorable is pleasing, encouraging or approving while worthy is having worth, merit or value.

As a noun worthy is

a distinguished or eminent person.

As a verb worthy is

to render or treat as worthy; exalt; revere; honour; esteem; respect; value; reward; adore.

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Alternative forms

* favourable


(en adjective)
  • pleasing, encouraging or approving
  • The candidate wearing the business suite made a favorable impression.
  • useful or helpful
  • We made quick progress, due to favorable winds.
  • convenient or at a suitable time; opportune
  • The rain stopped at a favourable time for our tennis match.
  • auspicious or lucky
  • She says that she was born under a favorable star.


    * (pleasing ): approving, encouraging, good, pleasing * (useful ): advantageous, helpful, useful * (opportune ): convenient, good, handy, opportune, suitable * (auspicious ): auspicious, fortunate, lucky


    * (pleasing ): bad, discouraging, displeasing, unfavorable * (useful ): unhelpful * (opportune ): bad, inconvenient, inopportune, unsuitable * (auspicious ): inauspicious, unfavourable, unlucky

    Derived terms

    * unfavorable



    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) worthy, wurthi, from (etyl) *.


  • having worth, merit or value
  • * Shakespeare
  • These banished men that I have kept withal / Are men endued with worthy qualities.
  • * Sir J. Davies
  • This worthy' mind should ' worthy things embrace.
  • honourable or admirable
  • deserving, or having sufficient worth
  • Suited; befitting.
  • * Shakespeare
  • No, Warwick, thou art worthy of the sway.
  • * Bible, Matthew iii. 11
  • whose shoes I am not worthy to bear.
  • * Milton
  • And thou art worthy that thou shouldst not know / More happiness.
  • * Dryden
  • The lodging is well worthy of the guest.
    Derived terms
    * worthily * worthiness


  • a distinguished or eminent person
  • Etymology 2

    From (etyl) worthien, wurthien, from (etyl) .


  • To render or treat as worthy; exalt; revere; honour; esteem; respect; value; reward; adore.
  • And put upon him such a deal of man, That worthied him, got praises of the king [...]'' — Shakespeare, ''King Lear .
  • * 1880 , Sir Norman Lockyer, Nature :
  • After having duly paid his addresses to it, he generally spends some time on the marble slab in front of the looking-glass, but without showing the slightest emotion at the sight of his own reflection, or worthying it with a song.
  • * 1908 , Edward Arthur Brayley Hodgetts, The court of Russia in the nineteenth century :
  • And it is a poor daub besides," the Emperor rejoined scornfully, as he stalked out of the gallery without worthying the artist with a look.
  • * 1910 , Charles William Eliot, The Harvard classics: Beowulf :
  • No henchman he worthied by weapons, if witness his features, his peerless presence!
    Derived terms
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