Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal.


 (prĕf′ər-ə-bəl, prĕf′rə-)
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.
References in periodicals archive ?
I believe," Shils explained, "that at the time he was referring to the preferability of suicide.
Instead I make a claim about ideas, assumptions, and arguments central to his political thought, ones that could be used to show the preferability of one form of political decision making over another.
The traditional socialist emphasis on egalitarianism suggests the preferability of equal distribution of social dividend as a lump sum subsidy paid to each household.
The Grail Quest, from which women were rigorously excluded, except for the virgin sister of Perceval, who quickly offers herself for martyrdom, illustrates clearly the preferability of friendships between men only.
A theoretical case for the preferability of a retail sales tax can be made on the basis of the fact that consumption is the purpose of an economy.
The preferability of any given specification depends on the goals and objectives set forth by policymakers, as well as on payment principles that are an integral part of the reimbursement system.
These forward-looking statements are based on management's current expectations and involve a number of risks and uncertainties, including, among other things, adverse changes to our liquidity position, changes in management plans and commitments, our inability to execute on contracts in backlog and the failure to obtain a letter from our independent registered public accounting firm regarding the preferability of the change to mark-to-market accounting for our pension and postretirement plans.
That is, given that moral skepticism is counter-intuitive, to defend its preferability the error theorist needs to give a more convincing explanation of the origin of the intuitions that support moral realism.
GAAP, once a company has established its accounting policies under IFRS, it must demonstrate preferability when changing an accounting policy in future years.
A) Behaviour Modification is an Element of the Preferability Analysis
begins this analysis of political campaign communications by defending the importance of the topic and by presenting the functional theory that underpins his research, which is based on the assumption that voting is a comparative act and thus candidates must distinguish themselves from opponents through political campaign messages that establish candidate preferability through the functions of acclaiming, attacking, and defending in terms of both policy and character.
1986) (remanding to the trial court to determine certifiability of the arbitration class and noting the preferability of court determination of any class action problems involving notice and discovery).