[pref-er-uh-buh l, pref-ruh- or, often, pri-fur-]
- more desirable.
- worthy to be preferred.
Origin of preferable
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- preferred or more desirable
Since preferable already means more desirable, one should not say something is more preferable or most preferable
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Word Origin and History for preferability
1640s, from or on model of French préférable, from préfér (see prefer). OED notes preferrable is better English but has not prevailed. Related: Preferably.
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