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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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 Candidates are quizzed while an artificial-intelligence (AI) program analyses their facial expressions (maintaining eye contact with the camera is advisable) and language patterns (sounding confident is the trick). The Economist, "How an algorithm may decide your career," 21 June 2018 Economists say keeping the Selic unchanged would be advisable to boost the economy, while higher borrowing costs could be necessary to support the currency and avoid possible price increases caused by more expensive imports. Paulo Trevisani, WSJ, "Brazil Central Bank Leaves Selic Rate Unchanged at 6.5%," 20 June 2018 Let it be said that making posts like this is never advisable. Monique Judge, The Root, "When Will White People Learn That Racist Social Media Posts Will Haunt Them Forever?," 27 June 2018 Where winters are brutal, either due to very low or fluctuating temperatures, this wrapping may be advisable even for mature plants. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow Your Own Kiwis In Your Backyard," 6 Feb. 2018 Several of the main players often take matters into their own hands — and not in the most advisable of ways. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, ""13 Reasons Why" Season 3: 5 Things the Netflix Series Can Do Better," 6 June 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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