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promising (adj.)

"showing signs of future excellence, looking as if likely to turn out well," c. 1600, present-participle adjective from promise (v.). Related: Promisingly.

updated on December 06, 2020

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Definitions of promising from WordNet

promising (adj.)
showing possibility of achievement or excellence;
a promising young man
promising (adj.)
likely to turn out well in the future;
the scandal threatened an abrupt end to a promising political career
Synonyms: bright / hopeful
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