[pref-er-uh-buh l, pref-ruh- or, often, pri-fur-]


more desirable.
worthy to be preferred.

Origin of preferable

From the French word préfsptérable, dating back to 1640–50. See prefer, -able
Related formspref·er·a·bil·i·ty, pref·er·a·ble·ness, nounpref·er·a·bly, adverbnon·pref·er·a·bil·i·ty, nounnon·pref·er·a·ble, adjectivenon·pref·er·a·ble·ness, nounnon·pref·er·a·bly, adverbun·pref·er·a·ble, adjectiveun·pref·er·a·ble·ness, nounun·pref·er·a·bly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for unpreferable



preferred or more desirable
Derived Formspreferability or preferableness, noun


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 unpreferable



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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