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[ad-vahy-zuh-buh l] /ædˈvaɪ zə bəl/
proper to be suggested 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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  • The necessity for and the advisability of spraying have already been pointed out.

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  • We should never begin to consider the advisability of submitting to it.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • She appeared to reflect, for an instant, on the advisability of saying more.

  • Then for days he considered the advisability of such a move.

    Once to Every Man Larry Evans
  • She had even debated within herself the advisability, the possibility of yielding to his evident regard.

    Find the Woman Arthur Somers Roche
  • For one moment Wilson considered the advisability of springing for him.

    The Web of the Golden Spider Frederick Orin Bartlett
  • The advisability of such a measure became manifest to all later, when it was too late.

    Great Ralegh Hugh De Selincourt
  • He had not thought of doing so, but the advisability of such a step at once appealed to him.

    A Great Man Arnold Bennett
  • The changing and increasing demands of the service indicated the advisability of certain changes of design.

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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