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 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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Choosing a commercial real estate property that is not approved by the franchisor is not advisable. Jonathan Keyser, Forbes, 8 June 2021 Covid vaccines are essential for older, high-risk people and their caretakers and advisable for many others. Martin Kulldorff And Jay Bhattacharya, WSJ, 6 Apr. 2021 Being legal doesn’t necessarily make something advisable, though. Evan Macdonald, cleveland, 3 Apr. 2021 As with Gordo’s fitness routine, the season lingers longer than seems advisable at times on Dani bonding with her Russian counterpart. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 23 Apr. 2021 That’s especially true these days, since gathering indoors with friends to play games isn’t always advisable. Maren Estrada, BGR, 5 May 2021 Animal Services Commander Chris Mayer said using cooking utensils when dealing with dangerous reptiles is not advisable. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, 22 Apr. 2021 Anne Rimoin, a professor of epidemiology at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, cautioned that setting a strict threshold to lift mandates isn’t advisable and that mask mandate metrics are subject to new and emerging science. NBC News, 22 Apr. 2021 With a true wood-burning fireplace, painting the interior is not advisable. Daley Quinn, Southern Living, 8 Apr. 2021

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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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13 Jun 2021

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“Advisable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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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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