ad·​vis·​able | \ əd-ˈvī-zə-bəl How to pronounce advisable (audio) \

Definition of advisable

: fit to be advised or done : prudent

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Other Words from advisable

advisability \ əd-​ˌvī-​zə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce advisability (audio) \ noun
advisableness \ əd-​ˈvī-​zə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce advisableness (audio) \ noun
advisably \ əd-​ˈvī-​zə-​blē How to pronounce advisably (audio) \ adverb

Choose the Right Synonym for advisable

expedient, politic, advisable mean dictated by practical or prudent motives. expedient usually implies what is immediately advantageous without regard for ethics or consistent principles. a politically expedient decision politic stresses judiciousness and tactical value but usually implies some lack of candor or sincerity. a politic show of interest advisable applies to what is practical, prudent, or advantageous but lacks the derogatory implication of expedient and politic. sometimes it's advisable to say nothing

Examples of advisable in a Sentence

My doctor said it was advisable for me to lose weight. it's never advisable to ride double on a bicycle
Recent Examples on the Web Playing a collision sport on blood thinners is not advisable due to risk of internal bleeding. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Patriots’ David Andrews seems likely to miss season after blood clot scare," 27 Aug. 2019 While covering the Battle of the Nations in Serbia this May, Alessandro D’Angelo opted for a medieval-style tunic and hat—though chainmail and a helmet might have been more advisable. Laura Mallonee, WIRED, "For These Sword-Wielding Warriors, Medieval Battles Live On," 27 Aug. 2019 Boating: Lake is 95% full, a small boat ramp is available, best for small boats, kayaks, canoes; not advisable for large boats. Tom Stienstra,, "Cherry Lake a testament to NorCal lakes," 8 Aug. 2019 To be perfectly clear: Investments like this are not exactly advisable., "Investing like a rock star?," 21 June 2019 Heading to the doorway is no longer advisable The United States Geological Survey says that’s outdated advice. Wire Service, The Mercury News, "No, California won’t get tossed into the ocean by an earthquake — and other myths debunked," 8 July 2019 To be sure, with high interest rates, this is not advisable strategy. Allison Schrager, Quartz, "Despite what you’ve heard, 40% of Americans are not $400 away from financial ruin," 3 June 2019 Using a financial adviser to figure out what’s best for you is advisable by the experts. Kevin Mcallister, WSJ, "How to Squeeze Higher Returns From Your Savings," 10 Feb. 2019 Not advisable, but not as bad as what Roseanne did. Recode Staff, Recode, "How bots amplify hoaxes and propaganda on social media," 2 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of advisable

1638, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for advisable

advise + -able

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“Advisable.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 9 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of advisable

: wise, sensible, or reasonable


ad·​vis·​able | \ əd-ˈvī-zə-bəl How to pronounce advisable (audio) \

Kids Definition of advisable

: reasonable or wise to do It is not advisable to look directly at the sun.

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