Synonyms of good
1 excellentDictionary • You should read this book - it's really good.
great (informal) • It's a great film; you must see it.
pleasing • a pleasing personality
capital (old-fashioned) • They had a capital time in London.
choice • The finest array of choicest foods is to be found within their Food Hall.
pleasant • a pleasant surprise
splendid • The book includes a wealth of splendid photographs.
superb • a superb 18-hole golf course
enjoyable • the most enjoyable part of the holiday
world-class • He was determined to become a world-class tennis player.
admirable • The film tells its story with admirable economy.
super (informal) • We had a super time.
pleasurable • the most pleasurable experience of the evening
first-rate • They were dealing with a first-rate professional.
bitchin' (US, slang)
booshit (Australian, slang)
exo (Australian, slang)
sik (Australian, slang)
schmick (Australian, informal) • The band launch their schmick new CD next week.
barrie (Scottish, slang)
belting (British, slang)
pearler (Australian, slang)
2 fineDictionary • He enjoys good food and fine wine.
fine • This is a fine book.
excellent • We complimented her on doing an excellent job.
superior • He's got a superior car, and it's easy to win races that way.
, bad quality
3 proficientDictionary • He is very good at his job.
proficient • Many Egyptians are proficient in foreign languages.
able • They are bright, intelligent, able and confident.
skilled • skilled workers, such as plumbers
capable • She's a very capable administrator.
expert • The faces of the waxworks are modelled by expert sculptors.
talented • He is a talented pianist.
efficient • a highly efficient worker
clever • My father was very clever with his hands.
accomplished • one of the most accomplished authors of our time
satisfactory • I never got a satisfactory answer.
competent • He was a loyal and very competent civil servant.
tasty (British, informal)
adept • He is an adept guitar player.
adroit • She is a remarkably adroit politician.
dexterous • the composer's dextrous manipulation of pauses and silence
4 positiveDictionary • Biotechnology should be good news for developing countries.
positive • He said that the agreement could be a positive sign
favourable • favourable weather conditions
auspicious • His career had an auspicious start.
propitious • the most propitious moment to launch the campaign
5 sensibleDictionary • They thought it was a good idea to make some offenders do community service.
sensible • It might be sensible to get a solicitor.
wise • She had made a very wise decision.
valuable • The experience was very valuable.
worthwhile • The study did not produce any worthwhile results.
prudent • We believed ours was the prudent and responsible course of action.
judicious • The President authorizes the judicious use of military force.
6 desirableDictionary • I think it's good that some people are going.
desirable • Prolonged negotiation was not desirable.
pleasing • a pleasing view
positive • Working abroad should be a positive experience.
productive • a productive relationship
satisfying • I find wood carving satisfying.
constructive • Both men described the talks as frank, friendly and constructive.
7 clearDictionary • I have a fairly good idea of what's going on.
clear • It is important to be clear on what the author is saying here.
correct • The information was correct at the time of going to press.
accurate • This is the most accurate description of the killer to date.
exact • I can't remember the exact words he used.
precise • We will never know the precise details of his death.
definite • It's too soon to give a definite answer.
8 profitableDictionary • I got a good price for the house.
profitable • Drug manufacturing is the most profitable business in America.
fair • He had a fair command of English.
reasonable • The boy answered him in reasonable French.
adequate • One in four people are without adequate homes.
lucrative • Many of them have found lucrative jobs in private security firms.
9 beneficialDictionary • Rain water was once considered to be good for the complexion.
beneficial • vitamins which are beneficial to health
useful • The police gained useful information about the organisation.
healthy • a healthy diet
helpful • It is often helpful to have someone with you when you get bad news.
wholesome • The food was filling and wholesome.
advantageous • Free exchange of goods was advantageous to all.
salutary • It was a new and salutary experience to be in the minority.
salubrious • your salubrious lochside hotel
10 honourableDictionary • The president is a good man.
honourable • I believe he was an honourable man.
moral • The committee members are moral, competent people.
worthy • worthy members of the community
ethical • Would it be ethical to lie to save a person's life?
upright • a very upright, trustworthy man
honest • My dad was the most honest man I have ever met.
righteous • He concluded that it was impossible to find one righteous man.
exemplary • He showed outstanding and exemplary courage in the face of danger.
right • It's not right, leaving her like this.
virtuous • The president is portrayed as a virtuous family man.
praiseworthy • praiseworthy efforts
estimable • an estimable cricket team with two members holding world records
11 well-behavedDictionary • The children have been very good all day.
well-behaved • The children have been surprisingly well-behaved all day.
seemly • It wasn't seemly for a young boy to be courting this woman.
mannerly • He was gentle of speech, mannerly and concerned about impressions.
proper • In those days it was not thought proper for a woman to be on the stage.
polite • He was a quiet and very polite young man.
orderly • The organizers guided them in orderly fashion out of the building.
decorous • She was dressed demurely and wearing a suitably decorous expression.
well-mannered • She is a well-mannered, polite child.
12 kindDictionary • It's very good of you to help out at such short notice.
kind • He was a very kind man, full of common sense.
kindly • He was a stern critic but an extremely kindly man.
friendly • He has been friendly to me.
obliging • He was a most polite and obliging young man.
charitable • Some people take a less charitable view of his behaviour.
humane • Their aim is for a more just and humane society.
gracious • He is always a gracious host.
benevolent • a most benevolent employer
merciful • We can only hope the court is merciful.
beneficent • In 1909 nuns were running more than 1,000 beneficent institutions.
kind-hearted • He was a warm, generous and kind-hearted man.
13 cheerfulDictionary • Everyone was in a pretty good mood.
cheerful • The room is bright and cheerful.
happy • I'm just happy to be back running.
pleasant • He was most anxious to seem agreeable and pleasant.
agreeable • I've gone out of my way to be agreeable to his friends.
congenial • The food at the party was excellent, and the company congenial.
convivial • Enjoy simple but satisfying food in the bistro's convivial atmosphere.
14 trueDictionary • She's been a good friend to me over the years.
true • I allowed myself to acknowledge my true feelings.
real • No, it wasn't a dream. It was real.
genuine • They are convinced the painting is genuine.
proper • Two out of five people do not have a proper job.
reliable • She was efficient and reliable.
dependable • He was a good friend and a dependable companion.
sound • They are trained nutritionists who can give sound advice on diets.
trustworthy • He is a trustworthy, level-headed teacher.
dinkum (Australian, New Zealand, informal) • He was a fair dinkum bloke with no pretensions.
15 fullDictionary • The film lasts a good two and a half hours.
full • Full details will be sent to you.
long • Her legs were long and thin.
whole • I have now read the whole book.
complete • the complete works of Shakespeare
entire • The entire family was killed in the crash.
solid • Some solid evidence was what was required.
extensive • The story received extensive coverage in The Times.
16 considerableDictionary • A good number of people agree with me.
considerable • We have already spent a considerable amount of money on repairs.
large • In a large room about a dozen children are sitting on the carpet.
substantial • That is a very substantial improvement in the current situation.
sufficient • There was not sufficient evidence to secure a conviction.
adequate • an amount adequate to purchase another house
ample • a young mother with a baby resting against her ample bosom
17 validDictionary • Can you think of one good reason why I should tell you?
valid • For foreign holidays you will need a valid passport.
legitimate • They have demanded the restoration of the legitimate government.
authentic • patterns for making authentic border-style clothing
persuasive • a persuasive argument against reform
bona fide • We are happy to donate to bona fide charitable causes.
18 bestDictionary • Try not to get paint on your good clothes.
best • He was the best player in the world for most of the 1950s.
19 sunnyDictionary • If the weather's good tomorrow, we'll go for a picnic.
sunny • The weather was surprisingly warm and sunny.
clear • Most places will be dry with clear skies.
fair • Weather conditions were fair.
bright • the bright winter sky
calm • The normally calm waters of Mururoa lagoon heaved and frothed.
mild • The area is famous for its mild winters.
clement • The area is usually known for its clement weather.
halcyon • The next day dawned sunny with a halcyon blue sky.
balmy • a balmy summer's evening
20 edibleDictionary • Is this fish still good, or has it gone off?
edible • Are these mushrooms edible?
eatable • The haggis was eatable, rather like unflavoured mince.
fit to eat
21 convenientDictionary • Is this a good time for us to discuss our plans?
convenient • She will try to arrange a mutually convenient time for an interview.
timely • These outbreaks are a timely reminder that the disease persists.
fitting • The President's address was a fitting end to the campaign.
fit • You're not fit to be a mother!
appropriate • It is appropriate that Irish names dominate the list.
suitable • She had no other dress suitable for the occasion.
well-timed • One well-timed word from you may be all it takes to change his mind.
opportune (formal) • I have arrived at a very opportune moment.
1 benefitDictionary • I'm only doing all this for your own good.
benefit • I'm a great believer in the benefits of this form of therapy.
interest • Did the Directors act in the best interests of their club?
gain • He buys art solely for financial gain.
advantage • A good crowd will be a definite advantage to the team.
use • There's no use you asking me any more questions about that.
service • We were delighted to be of service.
profit • They saw little profit in risking their lives to capture the militants.
welfare • Above all we must consider the welfare of the children.
avail • His efforts were to no avail.
usefulness • His interest lay in the usefulness of his work.
2 virtueDictionary • Good and evil may co-exist within one family.
virtue • His mother was held up to the family as a paragon of virtue.
goodness • He retains his faith in human goodness.
righteousness • adopting a tone of moral righteousness
worth • She did not appreciate her husband's true worth until he was gone.
merit • Box-office success mattered more than artistic merit.
excellence • a school once noted for its academic excellence
morality • an effort to preserve traditional morality
probity (formal) • a woman renowned for her moral probity
rectitude • people of the utmost rectitude
uprightness • a contest in which courage and Victorian uprightness win through
PHRASE:▷ for good
IDIOMS:▷ in good part
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ableSomeone who is able is very clever or very good at doing something.
• They are bright, intelligent, able and confident.
tasty (British, informal),
tasty (British, informal),
accomplishedIf someone is accomplished at something, they are very good at it.
• one of the most accomplished authors of our time
tasty (British, informal),
tasty (British, informal),
accurateAccurate information, measurements, and statistics are correct to a very detailed level. An accurate instrument is able to give you information of this kind.
• This is the most accurate description of the killer to date.
Thesaurus for good from the Collins English Thesaurus
having admirable, pleasing, superior, or positive qualities; not negative, bad, or mediocre