preferable

[pref-er-uh-buhl, pref-ruh- or, often, pri-fur-]
adjective
1.
more desirable.
2.
worthy to be preferred.

Origin:
1640–50; < French préfsptérable. See prefer, -able

preferability, preferableness, noun
preferably, adverb
nonpreferability, noun
nonpreferable, adjective
nonpreferableness, noun
nonpreferably, adverb
unpreferable, adjective
unpreferableness, noun
unpreferably, adverb
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To preferably
Collins
World English Dictionary
preferable (ˈprɛfərəbəl, ˈprɛfrəbəl)
 
adj
preferred or more desirable
 
usage  Since preferable already means more desirable, one should not say something is more preferable or most preferable
 
prefera'bility
 
n
 
'preferableness
 
n

preferably (ˈprɛfərəblɪ, ˈprɛfrəblɪ)
 
adv
ideally; by preference; if one had a choice

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Example sentences
Five years administrative experience preferably in a community college setting.
The next best thing is an exchange, preferably with captive clearing and
  settlement attached for added revenue.
They're asking people to come up with short films in reply to that question,
  preferably info.
Get a plate of food, but then go strike up a conversation, preferably away from
  the buffet table.
Related Words
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature