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[ad-vahy-zuh-buh l] /ædˈvaɪ zə bəl/
proper to be suggested or recommended; desirable or wise, as a course of action:
Is it advisable for me to write to him?
open to or desirous of advice.
Origin of advisable
1640-50; advise + -able
Related forms
advisability, advisableness, noun
advisably, adverb
preadvisable, adjective
unadvisable, adjective
unadvisableness, noun
unadvisably, adverb
1. expedient, politic, proper, fit, suitable, prudent, sensible, judicious. Unabridged
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  • The necessity for and the advisability of spraying have already been pointed out.

    Apple Growing M. C. Burritt
  • I conferred with him concerning the advisability of an egg-nog.

    Cobb's Bill-of-Fare Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
  • She appeared to reflect, for an instant, on the advisability of saying more.

  • And the advisability, the necessity, of utter frankness between us?

    No Clue James Hay
  • She had even debated within herself the advisability, the possibility of yielding to his evident regard.

    Find the Woman Arthur Somers Roche
  • I was by no means sure of the advisability of taking him into my full confidence.

    The Millionaire Baby Anna Katharine Green
  • The advisability of such a measure became manifest to all later, when it was too late.

    Great Ralegh Hugh De Selincourt
  • They were against the advisability of making such an attempt.

    True Blue W.H.G. Kingston
  • The changing and increasing demands of the service indicated the advisability of certain changes of design.

British Dictionary definitions for advisability


worthy of recommendation; prudent; sensible
Derived Forms
advisably, adverb
advisability, advisableness, noun
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Word Origin and History for advisability

1778 (in a letter from George Washington at Valley Forge), from advisable + -ity.



1640s, from advise (v.) + -able.

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