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.]
1. Convenient; auspicious; favorable; kind; as, a propitious
season; a propitious breeze.
2. Hence, kind; gracious; merciful; helpful; -- said of a
person or a divinity. --Milton.
And now t' assuage the force of this new flame,
And make thee [Love] more propitious in my need.
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;
[1913 Webster] -- Pro*pi"tious*ly, adv. --
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
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