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[ad-vahy-zuh-buh l] /ædˈvaɪ zə bəl/
proper to be advised or recommended; desirable or wise, as a course of action:
Is it advisable for me to write to him?
open to or desirous of advice.
Origin of advisable
1640-50; advise + -able
Related forms
advisability, advisableness, noun
advisably, adverb
preadvisable, adjective
unadvisable, adjective
unadvisableness, noun
unadvisably, adverb
1. expedient, politic, proper, fit, suitable, prudent, sensible, judicious. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for advisability
  • But freedom is one thing, advisability quite another.
  • The question about the advisability of continuing to pursue nuclear power should not be considered in a vacuum.
  • Yet in discussing the advisability of training for any occupation, the possibility of earning a living in it cannot be ignored.
  • Ask a few people on the street what they think of the advisability of urinating on a wound.
  • Contact your attorney or financial consultant for the advisability of such option.
  • The counselor will also provide information on the advisability of the loan transaction and its appropriateness for the borrower.
  • Study the advisability of historic districts within the town.
British Dictionary definitions for advisability


worthy of recommendation; prudent; sensible
Derived Forms
advisably, adverb
advisability, advisableness, noun
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Word Origin and History for advisability

1778 (in a letter from George Washington at Valley Forge), from advisable + -ity.



1640s, from advise (v.) + -able.

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