preferably

adverb pref·er·a·bly \ ˈpre-f(ə-)rə-blē \

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 MacCaskey
  • Mound flour on a work surface (preferably wooden) and make a large well in center with your fingertips.
  • —Lynne Rossetto Kasper

First Known Use of preferably

1700

in the meaning defined above

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