ad·​vis·​able | \əd-ˈvī-zə-bəl \

Definition of advisable 

: fit to be advised or done : prudent

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Other Words from advisable

advisability \-​ˌvī-​zə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē \ noun
advisableness \-​ˈvī-​zə-​bəl-​nəs \ noun
advisably \-​blē \ adverb

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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

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Experts generally agree that moderate activity is healthy and advisable for most pregnant women. Gretchen Reynolds, The Seattle Times, "Vigorous exercise, even a trek up Everest, may be safe during pregnancy," 26 Oct. 2018 There’s been talk of more diversity and sensitivity training, which would seem advisable as well. Kevin Riordan,, "In Haddonfield, 'don't snitch' and denial over alleged racial slur that ended lacrosse season," 16 May 2018 And under some circumstances, the heavy government investment in education would make a philanthropic investment more advisable, not less. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "Billionaires are spending their fortunes reshaping America’s schools. It isn’t working.," 30 Oct. 2018 Careful monitoring would have been advisable at an earlier stage. Dominic Gates, The Seattle Times, "Price tag for Sea-Tac’s new International Arrivals Facility soars to almost $1 billion," 11 Sep. 2018 Snacks and Screens Having a stomach full of heavy food may make a child more likely to become car sick on a road trip, so eating light is advisable. Heidi Mitchell, WSJ, "What’s the Remedy for Car Sickness?," 15 Aug. 2018 Staying home, however, is seldom necessary (or advisable, in the long run). Dr. Patty Khuly, miamiherald, "Get away. No need to be a prisoner to your special-needs pet," 21 June 2018 Starting Pitchers Charlie Morton, at Yankees (FD: $9,900, DK: $12,100) Starting a pitcher on the road against the powerful Yankees lineup isn’t normally advisable, but Morton is no ordinary pitcher. Mike Barner,, "MLB DFS Plays for May 29," 29 May 2018 On the subject of mixed marriages like theirs, James Carville, one half of another famously bipartisan couple, liked to say that such unions are feasible, but perhaps not advisable. New York Times, "Margaret Hoover and John Avlon on their Post-Partisan Marriage," 11 July 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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English Language Learners Definition of advisable

: wise, sensible, or reasonable


ad·​vis·​able | \əd-ˈvī-zə-bəl \

Kids Definition of advisable

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

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