propitious | unpropitious

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likely/unlikely to lead to success

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(un)propitious - (un)favourable

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Something ‘propitious’ presents a favourable circumstance and makes it likely that something will turn out for the best. This formal word has an element of portending to it; as if there is a sign or strong 'gut instinct' that everything is pointing towards a happy outcome. 'Unpropitious' is the opposite; in other words, something that predicts or suggests a bad or unfavourable outcome. Most commonly encountered in written English.

Synonyms providential
Antonyms calamitous,inauspicious

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  1. I think losing my job will lead to a propitious outcome for me because now I can take my career in a whole new direction.

  2. With everything under lockdown and the economy tanking, now is not a propitious time to be starting a new business.

  3. I do intend to tell Sarah the bad news, but I want to wait until the most propitious moment first so that I can soften the blow.

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