Meaning of “preferable” in the English Dictionary

"preferable" in British English

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preferableadjective

uk /ˈpref.ər.ə.bəl/ us /ˈpref.ər.ə.bəl/

B2 better or more suitable:

Surely a diplomatic solution is preferable to war.

More examples

  • 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 later flight if it would be preferable.
Surely a diplomatic solution 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)