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preferable

adjective uk   /ˈpref.ər.ə.bl̩/ us    /-ɚ.ə-/
B2 better or more suitable: Surely a diplomatic solution is preferable to war.
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  • Anything would be preferable to war.
  • Earlier would be preferable from my point of view.
  • Wednesday would be preferable.
  • Is either venue preferable for you?
  • Staying at home is certainly preferable to going out with someone you don't like.
Translations of “preferable”
in Korean 더 좋은…
in Arabic أفضَل…
in Portuguese preferível…
in Catalan preferible…
in Japanese より望ましい…
in Italian preferibile…
in Chinese (Traditional) 更可取的,更好的,較合適的…
in Russian предпочтительный…
in Turkish daha iyi/uygun, tercih olunur, yeğlenir…
in Chinese (Simplified) 更可取的,更好的,较合适的…
in Polish lepszy…
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