preferably


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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.
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preferably

(ˈprɛfərəblɪ; ˈprɛfrəblɪ)
adv
ideally; by preference; if one had a choice
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.preferably - more readily or willingly; "clean it well, preferably with warm water"; "I'd rather be in Philadelphia"; "I'd sooner die than give up"
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preferably

adverb ideally, if possible, rather, sooner, much rather, by choice, much sooner, as a matter of choice, in or for preference Take exercise, preferably in the fresh air.
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Translations
بصورَةٍ مُفَضَّلَهمِنَ الأَفْضَل
nejlépepřednostně
helstfortrinsvis
mieluummin
po mogućnosti
helst
好んで
차라리
prednostne
raje
helst
ที่ชอบมากกว่า
tercihantercihen
tốt hơn là

preferably

[ˈprefərəblɪ] ADVde preferencia, preferentemente
a large, preferably non-stick, frying panuna sartén grande, preferentemente or a ser posible antiadherente
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preferably

[ˈprɛfərəbli] advde préférence
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preferably

advam liebsten; tea or coffee? — coffee, preferablyTee oder Kaffee? — lieber Kaffee; but preferably not Tuesdayaber, wenn möglich, nicht Dienstag
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preferably

[ˈprɛfrəblɪ] advdi preferenza, preferibilmente
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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-.
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preferably

مِنَ الأَفْضَل nejlépe helst vorzugsweise κατά προτίμηση preferiblemente mieluummin de préférence po mogućnosti preferibilmente 好んで 차라리 bij voorkeur helst raczej preferivelmente предпочтительно helst ที่ชอบมากกว่า tercihen tốt hơn là 更适宜地
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References in classic literature ?
If I must be pitiful, I dislike to be called so; and if I be so, it is preferably at a distance.
I suspect that the large, mild boy, the son of a neighboring farmer, who mainly shared our games, had but a dim notion of what I meant by my strange people, but I did my best to enlighten him, and he helped me make a dream out of my life, and did his best to dwell in the region of unrealities where I preferably had my being; he was from time to time a Moor when I think he would rather have been a Mingo.
She hoped that during part of each year she could rent the extra bed-room to some one, preferably a boy, like Bill, who was attending high school.
This seemed as natural to Newland Archer as all the other conventions on which his life was moulded: such as the duty of using two silver- backed brushes with his monogram in blue enamel to part his hair, and of never appearing in society without a flower (preferably a gardenia) in his buttonhole.
He told me of the long hours he spent walking about the Boulevard de la Madeleine on the look-out for Englishmen, preferably the worse for liquor, who desired to see things which the law forbade.
The day after the review, Boris, in his best uniform and with his comrade Berg's best wishes for success, rode to Olmutz to see Bolkonski, wishing to profit by his friendliness and obtain for himself the best post he could- preferably that of adjutant to some important personage, a position in the army which seemed to him most attractive.
His nature was such, she said, that he would bring me back into the city dead or alive should I persist in opposing him; "preferably dead," she added.
To acquire, frequently by force but preferably by stealth.
But before putting him down I had the extremely bad taste to cut off his pigtail and spike it to that beam above his grave, where you may see it at this moment, or, preferably, when warmth has given you leisure for observation.
If only people with brains--of course they would want a room, a nice room, in Bloomsbury preferably, where they could meet once a week.
Charley noted my look of disappointment, and laughed; and then to comfort me he gave an authentic account of one expedition which had descended upon Big Alec's floating home to capture him, alive preferably, dead if necessary.
She wanted to go away by herself, preferably to some bleak northern moor, and there study mathematics and the science of astronomy.