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

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 As a doctor who has treated seriously ill children in intensive care, Schexnayder said trying to find solutions to a formula shortage is preferable to children being sick because of bacterial contamination at a manufacturing plant. Tess Vrbin, Arkansas Online, 13 May 2022 Swierk says any species retreating to water for refuge often does so at its own risk, knowing that staying to face a predator may be preferable to the dangers of risking life underwater. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, 11 May 2022 But some state lawmakers and anti-poverty advocates say the tax agency is preferable to creating a new program through the DMV. Mackenzie Mays, Los Angeles Times, 11 May 2022 While the researchers said this does not mean AI is preferable to one-to-one feedback from a skilled tutor, this is not always available for trainee teachers. Nick Morrison, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2022 That’s why being an artist is probably preferable to being, like, a model. The New Yorker, 3 Apr. 2022 The preparations that companies are undertaking now, with airbeds, sleeping bags, and cooked food for workers, are preferable to the situation some workers have faced, when they’ve been locked down at their office buildings at a moment’s notice. Jane Li, Quartz, 31 Mar. 2022 For it and other chronic eye conditions, Pall says, a longer-lasting, reusable contact that slowly releases medication over several days or more might be preferable to a daily disposable lens that provides quick relief for allergies. Emily Mullin, Wired, 30 Mar. 2022 Today, with the uncertainty of 2020 behind us, American Buffalo is a reminder that even though things can turn on a dime—or a buffalo nickel—staying ready is always preferable to getting ready. Christopher Westbrook, Town & Country, 22 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of preferable

1666, in the meaning defined above

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“Preferable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for preferable


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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