[ pref-er-uh-buh l, pref-ruh- or, often, pri-fur- ]
/ ˈprɛf ər ə bəl, ˈprɛf rə- or, often, prɪˈfɜr- /


more desirable.
worthy to be preferred.

Origin of preferable

From the French word préfsptérable, dating back to 1640–50. See prefer, -able

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British Dictionary definitions for preferable


/ (ˈprɛfərəbəl, ˈprɛfrəbəl) /


preferred or more desirable

Derived Forms

preferability or preferableness, noun


Since preferable already means more desirable, one should not say something is more preferable or most preferable
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