preferable


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pref·er·a·ble

 (prĕf′ər-ə-bəl, prĕf′rə-)
adj.
More desirable or worthy than another; preferred: Coffee is preferable to tea, I think.

pref′er·a·bil′i·ty, pref′er·a·ble·ness n.
pref′er·a·bly adv.

preferable

(ˈprɛfərəbəl; ˈprɛfrəbəl) or

preferrable

adj
preferred or more desirable
ˌpreferaˈbility, ˈpreferableness n
Usage: Since preferable already means more desirable, one should not say something is more preferable or most preferable

pref•er•a•ble

(ˈprɛf ər ə bəl, ˈprɛf rə- or, often, prɪˈfɜr-)

adj.
1. more desirable.
2. worthy to be preferred.
[1640–50; < French préférable]
pref`er•a•bil′i•ty, n.
pref′er•a•bly, adv.

preferable

If one thing is preferable to another, it is more desirable or suitable than the other thing.

Knowledge is always preferable to ignorance.
Gradual change is preferable to sudden, large-scale change.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.preferable - more desirable than another; "coffee is preferable to tea"; "Danny's preferred name is `Dan'"
desirable - worth having or seeking or achieving; "a desirable job"; "computer with many desirable features"; "a desirable outcome"

preferable

adjective better, best, chosen, choice, preferred, recommended, favoured, superior, worthier, of choice, more suitable, more desirable, more eligible Resignation was the preferable option. Goat's milk yogurt is preferable.
undesirable, poor, average, fair, inferior, mediocre, second-rate, ineligible
Usage: Since preferable already means `more desirable', it is better when writing not to say something is more preferable or most preferable.

preferable

adjective
Of greater excellence than another:
Translations
vhodnější
bedre
kívánatosabb
ákjósanlegri
vhodnejší
tercih edilir/olunur

preferable

[ˈprefərəbl] ADJpreferible (to a)

preferable

[ˈprɛfərəbəl] adjpréférable
preferable to sth → préférable à qch
preferable to doing sth → préférable à faire qch
it is preferable to do sth → il est préférable de faire qch
It is preferable to use only olive oil → Il est préférable d'utiliser uniquement de l'huile d'olive.

preferable

adj X is preferable to YX ist Y (dat)vorzuziehen; anything would be preferable to sharing a flat with Sophiealles wäre besser, als mit Sophie zusammen wohnen zu müssen; death is preferable to dishonourlieber tot als ehrlos; it is preferable to use vegetable oil for cookingzum Kochen eignet sich pflanzliches Öl besser or am besten, zum Kochen ist pflanzliches Öl vorzuziehen; it would be preferable to do it that wayes wäre besser, es so zu machen; to find something preferableetw vorziehen, einer Sache (dat)den Vorzug geben; infinitely preferablehundertmal besser or lieber

preferable

[ˈprɛfrəbl] adjpreferibile

prefer

(priˈfəː) past tense, past participle preˈferred verb
to like better. Which do you prefer – tea or coffee?; I prefer reading to watching television; She would prefer to come with you rather than stay here.
ˈpreferable (ˈpre-) adjective
more desirable. Is it preferable to write or make a telephone call?
ˈpreferably adverb
ˈpreference (ˈpre-) noun
(a) choice of, or (a) liking for, one thing rather than another. He likes most music but he has a preference for classical music.

I prefer apples to (not than) oranges.
preferable, adjective, is spelt with -r-.
preference, noun, is spelt with -r-.
preferred and preferring are spelt with -rr-.

preferable

a. preferible, favorito-a.
References in classic literature ?
A Carpenter, with equal enthusiasm, proposed timber as a preferable method of defense.
Not but that there are even now some particular magistrates invested with supreme power to decide, as judges, those things which the law cannot, as being one of those cases which comes not properly under its jurisdiction; for of those which can there is no doubt: since then laws comprehend some things, but not all, it is necessary to enquire and consider which of the two is preferable, that the best man or the best law should govern; for to reduce every subject which can come under the deliberation of man into a law is impossible.
Such were Dimmler the musician and his wife, Vogel the dancing master and his family, Belova, an old maiden lady, an inmate of the house, and many others such as Petya's tutors, the girls' former governess, and other people who simply found it preferable and more advantageous to live in the count's house than at home.
It appeared preferable to freight vessels at New York, and to load them with the iron in bars.
Having already had more than a taste of them in the house of my old master, and having endured them there, I very naturally inferred my ability to endure them elsewhere, and especially at Baltimore; for I had something of the feeling about Baltimore that is expressed in the proverb, that "being hanged in England is preferable to dying a natural death in Ireland.
The convention thought the concurrent jurisdiction preferable to that subordination; and it is evident that it has at least the merit of reconciling an indefinite constitutional power of taxation in the Federal government with an adequate and independent power in the States to provide for their own necessities.
She could almost think anything would have been preferable to this.
We can't have the man on horseback, and anything is preferable to the timid swine that now rule.
to a book, without calling the author a blockhead; which, though in a moral sense it is a preferable appellation to that of villain, is perhaps rather more injurious to his worldly interest.
A bride, you know, must appear like a bride, but my natural taste is all for simplicity; a simple style of dress is so infinitely preferable to finery.
Elinor had just been congratulating herself, in the midst of her perplexity, that however difficult it might be to express herself properly by letter, it was at least preferable to giving the information by word of mouth, when her visitor entered, to force her upon this greatest exertion of all.
An early ride on such a beautiful morning is much preferable to an hour's more sleep.