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

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For Biden, the fight is preferable to duking it out with his democratic rivals. Liz Goodwin,, "On the campaign trail in Iowa, Biden and Trump take aim at each other," 11 June 2019 To her, even the Republican governor from New York, Nelson Rockefeller, may have been preferable to Kennedy. David Margolick, The New Yorker, "The Campaign Volunteer Whose Brilliance Haunted Robert F. Kennedy," 7 June 2019 For them, Obama-era regulations across the country are preferable to a patchwork of regulations across the country. Justin Worland, Time, "The World's Largest Automakers Asked Trump Not to Loosen a Climate Change Standard. Here's Why," 7 June 2019 Even then, there comes the matter of trusting the regulator, but that seems preferable to burning down the last 20 years of tech and starting over with a tinfoil hat. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Tech Companies Shouldn't Make Us Trust Them, At All," 11 Jan. 2019 The single pole is clumsily long, but that seems preferable to a more manageable multi-piece pole set that must be assembled on site and increases the risk of losing pieces. Andrew Skurka, Outside Online, "Review: Big Agnes Tiger Wall Tents," 28 June 2018 If peace isn’t imminent, a summit in Pyongyang between Moon and Kim Jong Un seems preferable to recent months’ threats. Foster Klug, Time, "South Korean President Moon Jae-In Has Been Invited for a Meeting in North Korea," 10 Feb. 2018 The more the horizon narrowed, the more preferable the aesthetic view became to the historic truth. Dominic Green, WSJ, "‘A German Officer in Occupied Paris’ Review: A Very Refined Occupation," 15 Feb. 2019 Qualcomm executives made the argument that the new enhancements to the Adreno GPU, together with the improvements in the Spectra DSP, would make video viewing more preferable on a smartphone than a laptop or computer monitor. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Watch the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855's best new features in action," 6 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of preferable

1666, in the meaning defined above

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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 desireable the preferable choice

Other Words from preferable

preferably \ -​blē \ adverb

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