Definition of preferable in US English:



  • More desirable or suitable.

    ‘lower interest rates were preferable to higher ones’
    • ‘It would be preferable if such items were taken away for disposal in the household refuse.’
    • ‘The chairman of the board said voluntary redundancies were preferable over compulsory redundancies.’
    • ‘In the end, firms acknowledge that laying off employees is preferable to going bust.’
    • ‘It sounds preferable to having kids locked away playing alone.’
    • ‘It's always preferable to have something else to read at times like this.’
    • ‘That said, it is easy to see why many people find even the hardships of a Scottish island preferable to urban life.’
    • ‘If a slum is preferable, then we can only imagine the life in their native village.’
    • ‘It was also viewed as preferable to a sacking which could prompt legal action.’
    • ‘However, he added that it was preferable to finding major problems with the home after completion.’
    • ‘Experience of children with special needs is preferable, but full training will be given.’
    • ‘While it would be preferable if the Complainant did so, it is incorrect to imply that only he can do this.’
    • ‘The taste is pretty uniform from bite to bite, so it might be preferable as an appetizer.’
    • ‘To help bring the fever down, a slightly cooler room temperature is preferable.’
    • ‘I am sure it would be preferable for the local schools and the community orchestra to work in harmony.’
    • ‘Initially it would be preferable to have the property inspected by a reputable timber and damp expert.’
    better, best, more desirable, more suitable, more advisable, advantageous, superior, preferred, recommended, favoured, nicer, more expedient
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