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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
First recorded in 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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  • We should never begin to consider the advisability of submitting to it.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • Then for days he considered the advisability of such a move.

    Once to Every Man Larry Evans
  • For one moment Wilson considered the advisability of springing for him.

    The Web of the Golden Spider

    Frederick Orin Bartlett
  • He had not thought of doing so, but the advisability of such a step at once appealed to him.

    A Great Man Arnold Bennett
  • The necessity for and the advisability of spraying have already been pointed out.

    Apple Growing M. C. Burritt
  • Guy saw the advisability of this and made no further objection.

    The River of Darkness William Murray Graydon
  • I conferred with him concerning the advisability of an egg-nog.

    Cobb's Bill-of-Fare Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
  • There is some question as to the advisability of your remaining on the west bank of the creek.

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

    No Clue James Hay
British Dictionary definitions for advisability


worthy of recommendation; prudent; sensible
Derived Forms
advisably, adverb
advisability, advisableness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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