Meaning of propitious in English:


Pronunciation /prəˈpɪʃəs/

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  • 1Giving or indicating a good chance of success; favourable.

    ‘the timing for such a meeting seemed propitious’
    • ‘As was clear then and since, this wasn't the most propitious moment to draw a line in the sand - neither Britain or France were in a position to actually defend Poland.’
    • ‘This journalistic term can be used to describe an innocent delay of a story until a more propitious moment, or a manipulative delay of a story until it can do the most damage.’
    • ‘Rarely has a superpower cared so much about a speck on the international diplomatic horizon; rarely at such a propitious moment in history have we had such good fortune.’
    • ‘We are therefore at a propitious moment for the development of a broader, more detailed theory of rhetoric in the cinema, one that would embrace all the persuasive, sensual, and emotional devices of the medium.’
    • ‘As a man he felt it his duty to take over the brewery, but because his knowledge of beer was limited to the tasting, he thought to consult the stars as to the most propitious of moments to add the yeast to the barley.’
    • ‘The summer of 1802 was thus a propitious moment to enhance Bonaparte's authority.’
    • ‘There was a brief, perfect Elizabethan moment when conditions were propitious and all was well.’
    • ‘The United States was founded on the pro-liberty ideals of the eighteenth century; the nineteenth century might not have provided such propitious foundations.’
    • ‘Even under far less propitious circumstances, military occupations have commonly been successful.’
    • ‘It's also a propitious opportunity to literally move the debate out beyond the Beltway directly to the people.’
    • ‘Hence it happens to be the responsibility of society to provide a propitious environment for the mentally challenged.’
    • ‘While there is scant information as to the details of their minor motor bike accident, the timing seems propitious for getting the athletes away from any immediate access to them.’
    • ‘It could furnish the most propitious conditions for capturing popular sentiment and guaranteeing a successful campaign.’
    • ‘This disenchantment with Keynesianism provided a propitious environment within which alternative approaches to economic analysis and political management could flourish.’
    • ‘Did non-involvement signify successful resistance or were villages simply waiting for a more propitious time to become engaged?’
    • ‘The straight horizontal and vertical strokes of the characters had been cut into the shapes of propitious things, such as lucky birds, lotuses and guavas.’
    • ‘He had no qualms or ‘superstitions’ about certain days or times being more propitious for carving than others, though he did try not to work on Sundays, when he attended his local African Church.’
    • ‘Two or three decades hence conditions may be propitious for the emergence of a new international system - one with many influential actors in a regime of organically evolving interdependence.’
    • ‘The timing couldn't have been more propitious.’
    • ‘This was a daring and optimistic bet on what in the context was a largely new form of governance, coming to life and being tested under conditions that were hardly propitious.’
    favourable, auspicious, promising, providential, advantageous, fortunate, lucky, optimistic, bright, happy, rosy, full of promise, heaven-sent, hopeful, beneficial
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    1. 1.1 archaic Favourably disposed towards someone.
      • ‘there were points on which they did not agree, moments in which she did not seem propitious’


Late Middle English from Old French propicieus or Latin propitius ‘favourable, gracious’.