preferably

adverb
pref·​er·​a·​bly | \ ˈpre-f(ə-)rə-blē How to pronounce preferably (audio) \

Definition of preferably

: by choice or preference used to indicate what is wanted or preferred The work should be done soon, preferably by the end of the week.Applicants should hold a college degree, preferably with teaching experience.Water thoroughly during the coolest time of day (preferably early morning), then allow soil to dry completely … before watering again.— Michael MacCaskeyMound flour on a work surface (preferably wooden) and make a large well in center with your fingertips.— Lynne Rossetto Kasper

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First Known Use of preferably

1700, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of preferably was in 1700

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“Preferably.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/preferably. Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.

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preferably

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used to say what is most wanted or preferred

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