pref·​er·​a·​ble ˈpre-f(ə-)rə-bəl How to pronounce preferable (audio)
 also  pri-ˈfər-ə-bəl
: having greater value or desirability : being preferred
preferability noun

Examples of preferable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web However, hands-on learning toys are always preferable. Dorian Smith-Garcia, Parents, 8 Nov. 2023 In terms of what’s changed, there are now more Republicans who think a default would be either no big deal or even preferable to the status quo. Jason Linkins, The New Republic, 6 Oct. 2023 Here’s another surprise: Just 56 percent of Americans deemed democracy preferable to any other kind of government. Steven P. Dinkin, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Sep. 2023 This second critical field boundary is usually much higher than Hc found in Type I superconductors, which is why Type II superconductors are preferable in many engineering applications. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, 15 Aug. 2023 The ban applies to short-grain rice that is starchier and has a relatively neutral flavor — which Rao says is preferable in some dishes or favored in specific regions of India, especially in southern areas of the country. Bobby Caina Calvan, Fortune, 29 July 2023 But some studies suggest that working for an older manager is preferable to toiling for a greener one. Lila MacLellan, Fortune, 23 Sep. 2023 As a ship-of-state analogy, Airplane! is preferable to the probably appropriate Titanic. Armond White, National Review, 6 Oct. 2023 That might be preferable to withdrawing money for something other than education, because in that case the beneficiary has to pay tax on the gains in the account plus a 10% federal tax penalty. Sarah Brodsky,, 24 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1666, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of preferable was in 1666

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“Preferable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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pref·​er·​a·​ble ˈpref-(ə-)rə-bəl How to pronounce preferable (audio)
: worthy to be preferred : more desirable
preferability noun
preferably adverb

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