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Wordnet 3.0


1. presenting favorable circumstances; likely to result in or show signs of success;
- Example: "propitious omens"
- Example: "propitious gales speeded us along"
- Example: "a propitious alignment of planets for space exploration"

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. [1913 Webster] 2. Hence, kind; gracious; merciful; helpful; -- said of a person or a divinity. --Milton. [1913 Webster] And now t' assuage the force of this new flame, And make thee [Love] more propitious in my need. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

propitious 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]
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