preferable

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adjective pref·er·a·ble \ˈpre-f(ə-)rə-bəl, ˈpre-fər-bəl also pri-ˈfər-ə-bəl\

Definition of preferable

  1. :  having greater value or desirability :  being preferred

preferability

play \ˌpre-f(ə-)rə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

preferably

play \-blē\ adverb

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First Known Use of preferable

1666


PREFERABLE Defined for English Language Learners

preferable

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adjective

Definition of preferable for English Language Learners

  • : better or more desirable


PREFERABLE Defined for Kids

preferable

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adjective pref·er·a·ble \ˈpre-fə-rə-bəl\

Definition of preferable for Students

  1. :  better or more desireable the preferable choice

preferably

\-blē\ adverb


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