[ 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.


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Origin of preferable

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

OTHER WORDS FROM preferable Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for preferably (1 of 2)


/ (ˈprɛfərəblɪ, ˈprɛfrəblɪ) /


ideally; by preference; if one had a choice

British Dictionary definitions for preferably (2 of 2)

/ (ˈprɛfərəbəl, ˈprɛfrəbəl) /


preferred or more desirable

Derived forms of preferable

preferability or preferableness, noun

usage for preferable

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