Definition of preferable in US English:



  • More desirable or suitable.

    ‘lower interest rates were preferable to higher ones’
    • ‘To help bring the fever down, a slightly cooler room temperature is preferable.’
    • ‘While it would be preferable if the Complainant did so, it is incorrect to imply that only he can do this.’
    • ‘I am sure it would be preferable for the local schools and the community orchestra to work in harmony.’
    • ‘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's always preferable to have something else to read at times like this.’
    • ‘It was also viewed as preferable to a sacking which could prompt legal action.’
    • ‘It sounds preferable to having kids locked away playing alone.’
    • ‘It would be preferable if such items were taken away for disposal in the household refuse.’
    • ‘Initially it would be preferable to have the property inspected by a reputable timber and damp expert.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The taste is pretty uniform from bite to bite, so it might be preferable as an appetizer.’
    better, best, more desirable, more suitable, more advisable, advantageous, superior, preferred, recommended, favoured, nicer, more expedient
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