pref·​er·​a·​ble | \ ˈpre-f(ə-)rə-bəl How to pronounce preferable (audio) , ˈpre-fər-bəl also pri-ˈfər-ə-bəl \

Definition of preferable

: having greater value or desirability : being preferred

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Other Words from preferable

preferability \ ˌpre-​f(ə-​)rə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce preferable (audio) \ noun

Examples of preferable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Metal is a much more efficient conductor, with some types of pans preferable to others. Washington Post, "Metal or glass for baking? Let’s clear a few things up.," 22 Mar. 2021 Osceola’s jail offers a remote video visitation system, which Hartwell described as preferable. Katie Rice,, "Despite progress, problems linger in Central Florida jails’ pandemic response, attorneys say," 10 Dec. 2020 This has led many to regard planting to mimic natural forests as preferable. Fred Pearce, Wired, "Is It Better to Plant Trees or Let Forests Regrow Naturally?," 31 Oct. 2020 Grab a large skillet — nonstick is preferable to cast iron due to the latter’s issues with uneven heating — that is big enough to spread the potatoes into a very thin layer. Washington Post, "How to make crispy shredded hash browns part of your breakfast rotation," 19 Mar. 2021 Which option is morally preferable: deliberately killing one person or passively allowing three to die? New York Times, "Europe’s Vaccine Ethics Call: Do No Harm and Let More Die?," 19 Mar. 2021 Epyc offers more PCIe lanes than Intel’s Xeon, allowing a higher GPU to CPU ratio, which preferable for HPC workloads that rely on GPUs for number crunching. Kevin Krewell, Forbes, "AMD Breaks Server Records With Its Third-Generation Epyc Processor," 18 Mar. 2021 The house seems preferable to Braxton, who appears to be tired of living apart from his sweetheart. Stephanie Cain, Fortune, "A New Netflix show asks the question couples everywhere face: Buy a wedding or a house?," 10 Mar. 2021 One reason upright vacuums for hardwood floors are preferable to canister models is because there are no wheels to leave unsightly marks as the unit rolls around during the cleaning process. Popsci Commerce Team, Popular Science, "Best upright vacuum: Clean your house quickly and comfortably," 5 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of preferable

1666, in the meaning defined above

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“Preferable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of preferable

: better or more desirable


pref·​er·​a·​ble | \ ˈpre-fə-rə-bəl How to pronounce preferable (audio) \

Kids Definition of preferable

: better or more desirable the preferable choice

Other Words from preferable

preferably \ -​blē \ adverb

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