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

Examples of preferable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That’s why a stand mixer is vastly preferable for bread dough. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "No stand mixer? Here’s how to make and bake the most with your hand mixer.," 6 Dec. 2019 Englund says the high-dose vaccines are preferable for patients who are 65 and older over the standard flu shot. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, "A super-vaccine for the flu is being marketed to people 65 and older. Is it legit or a scam?," 15 Nov. 2019 When to go The shoulder seasons of spring and fall are preferable for visiting Marrakech, as midsummer temperatures in the Red City routinely reach 100°F (38°C). National Geographic, "Visit a designer’s oasis in the heart of Marrakech," 20 Sep. 2019 This was regarded by investors as preferable to alternatives, which might have included outright nationalization of the companies. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Yandex, Russia’s biggest search engine, is an on-ramp for child sexual imagery, experts say," 17 Jan. 2020 That was preferable to voting for Labour, whose leader, Jeremy Corbyn, is widely criticized for failing to root out anti-Semitism. The Christian Science Monitor, "Expanding our sense of giving," 13 Dec. 2019 The Syrian Kurdish command views the presence of Assad’s military forces as preferable to a broad incursion by Turkish troops and proxy militias. Los Angeles Times, "Russia and Turkey to divvy up large parts of Syria as U.S. clears out," 22 Oct. 2019 While generally regarded as preferable to partially hydrogenated oils, some of the alternate oils that food makers use carry their own potential drawbacks, including health concerns and, in the case of palm oil, deforestation. Jacob Bunge, WSJ, "Food Makers Vow to Cut Trans Fats Globally," 14 May 2018 During the hearing Thursday, Pompeo sought to portray diplomacy as preferable to military action. Justin Worland, Time, "Mike Pompeo Wants to Be the Top U.S. Diplomat. His First Job May Be Building a War Coalition," 12 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of preferable

1666, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of preferable was in 1666

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11 Feb 2020

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“Preferable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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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 desirable the preferable choice

Other Words from preferable

preferably \ -​blē \ adverb

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