Examples from the Web for preferable
Surely it would be preferable to place Issy in foster care than attempt to kill her.The Mommy Blogger Who Tried to Kill Her Autistic Daughter Talks to Dr. Phil|Elizabeth Picciuto|October 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He clearly felt that this was preferable to any more combat.
There is a danger, Jones suggests, in assuming that the known world is preferable to any alternative.American Dreams, 2003: The Known World by Edward P. Jones|Nathaniel Rich|November 26, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Which would have been preferable to Bob Beckel discussing his sex life when the subject turned to Miley Cyrus.Megyn Kelly’s Prime-Time Debut Leaves No Doubt She’s Fox News’s Future|Lloyd Grove|October 8, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Avoid if possible; the phrase “[x] was caught lying and sheepishly acknowledged it” is preferable.
Some good strains have a mixture of silky coat with the hard, and this is preferable to a woolly coat.Sporting Dogs|Frank Townend Barton
We deliberate on or upon, also about or concerning a matter: the first two are preferable.English Synonyms and Antonyms|James Champlin Fernald
They compare two modes of action, or two substances, and judge the one to be preferable to the other, and accordingly select it.Nineteenth Century Questions|James Freeman Clarke
The news was well received, for anything was preferable to the prison life they were leading in Belfort.The Downfall|Emile Zola
But "egotism, in the sense of 'self-worship,' is preferable to egoism, since egoism also designates a system of philosophy."Practical Exercises in English|Huber Gray Buehler