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 Largemouth bass are strong enough to pull a rod and reel into the water; so a rod holder or some support is advisable. Kirk Sides, Houston Chronicle, "Video: Big bass await summer anglers at Bay Area fishing spots," 13 July 2020 But the new rules may force institutions to open their doors to students sooner than may be advisable. Shraddha Chakradhar, STAT, "‘I feel like I am not welcome’: Medical, doctoral students from abroad grapple with uncertainty from new ICE rules," 10 July 2020 This is advisable when using a thick-bodied plastic worm, since the hook point has to pierce the worm, which gets bunched on the hook shank during hooksetting and can hinder penetration. Mark Hicks, Field & Stream, "How to Get Better Hooksets," 22 June 2020 In the middle of the coronavirus pandemic — and as most of the Bay Area remains under strict orders to shelter in place — mass gatherings are about the least advisable activity for controlling spread of a highly infectious disease. Erin Allday,, "Choosing between tragedies: Mass protests vs. coronavirus safety," 2 June 2020 Möller said that wearing one might be advisable for a person who is sick and coughing, but that person shouldn’t be walking around in public anyway. Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker, "How Iceland Beat the Coronavirus," 1 June 2020 In America, President Donald Trump has reiterated his desire to lift restrictions much sooner than experts consider advisable, claiming the cure of shutdowns might be worse than the disease. David Rovella,, "Your Evening Briefing," 5 May 2020 While team members sometimes go into the field to collect map data, that’s not always possible or advisable during a disaster—including this one. Sarah Scoles, Wired, "Satellite Data Reveals the Pandemic's Effects From Above," 9 Apr. 2020 For city folk with access to a cottage (or farm or log cabin or a lake-side oasis), the option of riding out coronavirus in the great outdoors might sound not just idyllic but advisable. Courtney Shea,, "I Want To Go To The Cottage — Is That Really Such A Bad Idea?," 7 Apr. 2020

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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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Cite this Entry

“Advisable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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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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