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ˈprɛf ər ə bəl, ˈprɛf rə- or, often, prɪˈfɜr-prefer·able

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. preferable, preferredadjective

    more desirable than another

    "coffee is preferable to tea"; "Danny's preferred name is `Dan'"


  1. preferableadjective

    Better than some other option; preferred.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Preferableadjective

    Eligible before something else. With to commonly before the thing refused.

    Etymology: preferable, Fr. from prefer.

    The stronger ties we have to an unalterable pursuit of happiness, which is greatest good, the more are we free from any necessary compliance with our desire, set upon any particular, and then appearing preferable good, till we have duly examined it. John Locke.

    Though it be incumbent on parents to provide for their children, yet this debt to their children does not quite cancel the score due to their parents; but only is made by nature preferable to it. John Locke.

    Almost every man in our nation is a politician, and hath a scheme of his own, which he thinks preferable to that of any other. Joseph Addison, Freeholder.

    Even in such a state as this, the pleasures of virtue would be superior to those of vice, and justly preferable. Francis Atterbury.


  1. preferable

    Preferable refers to something that is more desirable or favorable, or considered better or more beneficial than another (or others). It's something that one is likely to choose or have a preference for, due to its qualities, characteristics, or potential results.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Preferableadjective

    worthy to be preferred or chosen before something else; more desirable; as, a preferable scheme

  2. Etymology: [Cf. F. prfrable.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of preferable in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of preferable in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of preferable in a Sentence

  1. Alexandre Dumas:

    Rogues are preferable to imbeciles because they sometimes take a rest.

  2. John Wisniewski:

    The Legislature can legislate fire safety provisions, but the preferable option is to let the inspectors and the professionals do an examination of fire scene and come up with their report on the cause and how it spread, let's use that to make a case in the Legislature on why we could probably do better in preventing these types of conflagrations.

  3. Thomas Jefferson:

    Delay is preferable to error.

  4. Fran Lebowitz:

    I must take issue with the term 'a mere child,' for it has been my invariable experience that the company of a mere child is infinitely preferable to that of a mere adult.

  5. Aristotle:

    A likely impossibility is always preferable to an unconvincing possibility.

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