- more desirable.
- worthy to be preferred.
Origin of preferable
Examples from the Web for preferably
The essence of nearly every Disney film is that women need saving, preferably by a man from a superior social and economic class.Sexism Begins in the Toy Aisle
November 29, 2014
Preferably Latin and Greek to let you comprehend where our civilization came from.My Commencement Speech to Rutgers’ Geniuses: Go Forth and Fail
P. J. O’Rourke
May 18, 2014
After writing all day I sometimes want to watch a whole lot of British TV, preferably set at Oxford, with dead bodies turning up.How I Write: Meg Wolitzer
March 26, 2014
On the weekends, I love to read, preferably fiction which I think makes me a much happier, creative person.Wired Executives Find that Disconnecting Can Help Spur Creativity
October 19, 2013
These days, though, history must tell good stories first and foremost, preferably about “colorful” protagonists.T.E. Lawrence Rides Again in Scott Anderson’s New History
August 7, 2013
The cathode is preferably formed of the same metal which is to be obtained.
Then I'd pity and laugh at him, and I go to him preferably to any other magistrate.Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
This should have a drawer, preferably near the right-hand end of the bench.Practical Mechanics for Boys
J. S. Zerbe
Affix them to the bench by nails or screws, preferably the latter.Electricity for Boys
J. S. Zerbe
Cook spinach in its own juices (preferably in double boiler).No Animal Food
Rupert H. Wheldon
- ideally; by preference; if one had a choice
- preferred or more desirable
Word Origin and History for preferably
1640s, from or on model of French préférable, from préfér (see prefer). OED notes preferrable is better English but has not prevailed. Related: Preferably.