AskDefine | Define promising

Dictionary Definition

promising adj
1 showing possibility of achievement or excellence; "a promising young man"
2 full or promise; "had a bright future in publishing"; "the scandal threatened an abrupt end to a promising political career" [syn: bright]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. Showing promise, and likely to develop in a desirable fashion.
  2. Encouraging and inspiring confidence.


  1. present participle of promise

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

apt, auspicious, benign, benignant, bright, bright with promise, cheering, couleur de rose, encouraging, fair, favorable, favoring, foreseeable, fortunate, full of promise, golden, good, happy, heartening, hopeful, in the cards, inspiring, inspiriting, liable, likely, looking up, lucky, odds-on, of good omen, of happy portent, of promise, optimistic, positive, predictable, predictable within limits, pregnant of good, presumable, presumptive, probable, propitious, prosperous, reassuring, rose-colored, roseate, rosy, statistically probable, supportive, verisimilar
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