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

Definition of advisable

: fit to be advised or done : prudent

Other Words from advisable

advisability \ əd-​ˌvī-​zə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce advisable (audio) \ noun
advisableness \ əd-​ˈvī-​zə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce advisable (audio) \ noun
advisably \ əd-​ˈvī-​zə-​blē How to pronounce advisable (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 So, adjusting the percentage of stocks in an investment portfolio during a challenging market period is not advisable. WSJ, 7 Aug. 2022 Putting aluminum foil or metal utensils inside a microwave is not advisable as many of us have been told throughout our lives. Liam Gravvat, USA TODAY, 4 July 2022 This means that regardless of whether your state legislature has legalized the substance, transporting it across state lines is not advisable. Raphael Romero Ruiz, The Arizona Republic, 1 July 2022 Selling bonds to buy shorter maturity bonds, to hold cash, or even to buy stocks, in the hope of better returns amounts to market timing – which is generally not advisable. Rick Miller, Forbes, 27 June 2022 Holding your breath on Congress to act is never advisable—something Federal Trade Commission Chair Lina Khan knows all too well. Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 9 June 2022 So, despite the fact that from a tax planning perspective irrevocable trusts seem unwarranted, from an asset protection perspective, those plans may well be advisable. Martin Shenkman, Forbes, 7 June 2022 Beautiful, sweet and small enough to eat more than is probably advisable, profiteroles come in any assortment of flavors. Foren Clark, CNN, 30 May 2022 No business wants to be in the position of passing on costs to consumers, and lowering costs, such as payroll and staffing, is not always feasible or even advisable. Ryan Kelly, Forbes, 22 Apr. 2022 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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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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