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"preferable" in British English

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preferableadjective

uk   /ˈpref.ər.ə.bl̩/  us   /-ɚ.ə-/
B2 better or more ​suitable: Surely a ​diplomaticsolution is preferable towar.

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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.
(Definition of preferable from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"preferable" in American English

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preferableadjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˈpref·ər·ə·bəl/
better or more ​desirable: We could take a ​laterflight if it would be preferable. Surely a ​diplomaticsolution is preferable to ​war.
preferably
adverb [not gradable]  us   /ˈpref·ər·ə·bli/
We’re ​looking for a new ​house, preferably one ​closer to the ​school.
(Definition of preferable from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “preferable”
in Arabic أفضَل…
in Korean 더 좋은…
in Portuguese preferível…
in Catalan preferible…
in Japanese より望ましい…
in Chinese (Simplified) 更可取的,更好的,较合适的…
in Turkish daha iyi/uygun, tercih olunur, yeğlenir…
in Russian предпочтительный…
in Chinese (Traditional) 更可取的,更好的,較合適的…
in Italian preferibile…
in Polish lepszy…
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