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favour, favourable, favouritism

In such words as favour, Canadians generally prefer the British ending ‑our to the American ending –or (as in favor).

  • Union members voted 92% in favour of accepting the new contract.

Words formed from the root favour are also usually written with the ‑our spelling in Canada.

  • Paola wore her best suit to the interview, hoping to make a favourable impression.
  • Charlottetown is the favourite destination of many Quebecers.
  • A governor general is not permitted to show any political favouritism.