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 preferability (audio) \ noun
preferably \ ˈpre-​f(ə-​)rə-​blē How to pronounce preferably (audio) \ adverb

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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 Libre by Nexus has vigorously denied wrongdoing, saying its contracts are transparent and preferable to people remaining behind bars. Michael E. Miller, Washington Post, "Accused Parkland shooter’s brother moves to Va. with help from firm under investigation," 14 May 2018 This is preferable for Alzheimer’s/dementia residents who are at greater risk of falling or becoming disoriented. San Diego Elder Law Center,, "CHECKLIST: When it's time for memory care," 24 Apr. 2018 This is disappointing, as many users deem Nvidia GPUs to be preferable for games—although much of that is because of Nvidia's strong Windows drivers, which doesn't apply here. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Are external GPUs for Macs viable in macOS 10.13.4? We tested to find out," 14 Apr. 2018 Arguing the tournament case for teams like Oklahoma or Syracuse is preferable for the game’s power brokers to arguing about the credibility and legitimacy of major college basketball’s way of life. Christopher L. Gasper,, "There’s a dark cloud hanging over this year’s NCAA Tournament," 12 Mar. 2018 This is surely preferable to ObamaCare’s shameless giveaway to the insurance and health-care industries. WSJ, "Government Health Care Is the Best System," 15 Nov. 2018 Although none of the flights are nonstop, one layover is definitely preferable to two. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "Flight Deal: U.S. to Mumbai from $660 Round-Trip," 10 Aug. 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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