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Fines are preferable to imprisonment and other types of punishment because they are more efficient. With a fine, the punishment to offenders is also revenue to the State.
Gary Becker

Meaning of "preferable" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF PREFERABLE

preferable  [ˈprɛfərəbəl] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF PREFERABLE

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Preferable is an adjective.
The adjective is the word that accompanies the noun to determine or qualify it.

WHAT DOES PREFERABLE MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Definition of preferable in the English dictionary

The definition of preferable in the dictionary is preferred or more desirable.


WORDS THAT RHYME WITH PREFERABLE


admirable
ˈædmərəbəl
comparable
ˈkɒmpərəbəl
considerable
kənˈsɪdərəbəl
decipherable
dɪˌsaɪfərəbəl
desirable
dɪˈzaɪərəbəl
durable
ˈdjʊərəbəl
honourable
ˈɒnərəbəl
indecipherable
ˌɪndɪˈsaɪfərəbəl
insufferable
ɪnˈsʌfərəbəl
memorable
ˈmɛmərəbəl
offerable
ˈɒfərəbəl
perforable
ˈpɜːfərəbəl
pilferable
ˈpɪlfərəbəl
preferrable
ˈprefərəbəl
recoverable
rɪˈkʌvərəbəl
sufferable
ˈsʌfərəbəl
undecipherable
ˌʌndɪˈsaɪfərəbəl
unsufferable
ʌnˈsʌfərəbəl
vulnerable
ˈvʌlnərəbəl
wearable
ˈwɛərəbəl

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE PREFERABLE

prefer
preferability
preferableness
preferably
preference
preference shares
preference stock
preferential
preferential voting
preferentialism
preferentialist
preferentiality
preferentially
preferment
preferrable
preferred
preferred ordinary shares
preferred stock
preferrer
preferring

WORDS THAT END LIKE PREFERABLE

able
adorable
deliverable
favourable
incomparable
incurable
innumerable
inseparable
intolerable
measurable
miserable
operable
parable
pleasurable
separable
the Honourable
tolerable
transferable
unbearable
undesirable
venerable

Synonyms and antonyms of preferable in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «PREFERABLE»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «preferable» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of preferable

Translation of «preferable» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF PREFERABLE

Find out the translation of preferable to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of preferable from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «preferable» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

更合心意的
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

preferible
570 millions of speakers

English

preferable
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

बेहतर
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

الأفضل
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

предпочтительнее
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

preferível
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

বাঞ্ছনীয়
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

préférable
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Lebih baik
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

vorzuziehen
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

より望ましい
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

더 나은
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

luwih disenengi
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

thích hợp hơn
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

விரும்பத்தக்கதாக
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

श्रेयस्कर
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

Tercih edilir
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

preferibile
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

preferowane
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

переважніше
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

de preferat
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

προτιμότερο
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

verkieslik
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

föredraget
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

å foretrekke
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of preferable

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «PREFERABLE»

The term «preferable» is very widely used and occupies the 21.065 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «PREFERABLE» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «preferable» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «preferable» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about preferable

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10 QUOTES WITH «PREFERABLE»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word preferable.
1
George Ade
If it were not for the presents, an elopement would be preferable.
2
Mary Astell
Upon the principles of reason, the good of many is preferable to the good of a few or of one; a lasting good is to be preferred before a temporary, the public before the private.
3
Gary Becker
Fines are preferable to imprisonment and other types of punishment because they are more efficient. With a fine, the punishment to offenders is also revenue to the State.
4
Craig Brown
Somewhere in the back of their minds, hosts and guests alike know that the dinner party is a source of untold irritation, and that even the dullest evening spent watching television is preferable.
5
Jean de La Fontaine
Nothing is more dangerous than a friend without discretion; even a prudent enemy is preferable.
6
Aidan Gillen
I don't really differentiate between different genres: if there's a good part going, I'll go after it, and it's preferable to me if it's something I haven't done before.
7
Laurie Graham
Childhood doesn't have to be perfect, and children don't have to be beautiful. From a bit of grit may grow a pearl, and if pearl production doesn't materialise, the outcome will still be preferable to the shallowness of vanity.
8
Orrin Hatch
Vigilant and effective antitrust enforcement today is preferable to the heavy hand of government regulation of the Internet tomorrow.
9
Tom Hodgkinson
Long weekends at festivals, short weeks at home, all summer long: now that is surely preferable to the immense cost and headache of the nuclear family holiday in the sun?
10
Charles Inglis
That some Forms of Government are preferable to others, cannot be doubted; yet neither our Saviour, nor his Apostles have decided where that Preference is due.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «PREFERABLE»

Discover the use of preferable in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to preferable and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
Is Death Ever Preferable to Life?
This is an original contribution to the much debated area of the value that we should place on human life.
Ian N. Olver, 2002
2
The State Preferable to the Church; Or, Reasons for Making ...
THE S T A T E Preferable to' the CHURCH, &c. SIR, WHEN the Demands of the Crown rife above the ordinary Strength of the Community, and epritihues so to do for a Series of Years, 'tis' natural, for those weighed down by the Excess of their ...
Country Gentleman, 1748
3
Cleaning national parks : using environmentally preferable ...
This report documents the process that the National Park Service and two consultants used at Yellowstone National Park to introduce environmentally preferable cleaning products. Grand Teton National Park implemented a similar program ...
Angele Ferre, Sophia Wakefield
4
Private sector pioneers : how companies are incorporating ...
After examining the environmental and cost benefits, IBM decided against the new requirement. • When Ben & Jerry's was evaluating paper for its corporate letterhead, it wanted to use the most environmentally preferable paper available  ...
5
Remarks and correspondence on the use of cotton canvass as ...
It is the opinion of the Captain, who is part owner, and mine also, that Cotton Canvass is far preferable, and much more durable, than any other heretofore used. I am the better convinced of this fact from having another ship, (the Hope) in the ...
Warren Ransom Davis, Navy Dept, United States, 1830
6
A Multivariate Statistical Model to Predetermine Preferable ...
Peer rankings as the basis for assignment of student pilots in the Air Force.
James Alfred Cline, 1973
7
Garner's Modern American Usage
“The fact that they won after bowling so badly in Glamorgan's first innings was a reminder of how four-day cricket is infinitely more preferable [read preferable].” “ Cricket: Cronje Calls Up Heavy Artillery,” Daily Telegraph, 2 Sept. 1995, at 21.
Bryan Garner, 2009
8
Rhetoric in the European Tradition
There are two sets of loci: loci of the preferable (amplifying on those of Aristotle's Rhetoric 1 .7) and loci that enable one to establish connections (liaisons) between facts. Loci on the preferable (quality, quantity, order, the existing, essence, and ...
Thomas Conley, 1990
9
Recent Work on Intrinsic Value
We take as our undefined concept that of one state of affairs being intrinsically preferable to another state of affairs. Then we set forth the following definitions. A state of affairs p is the same in value as a state of affairs q provided only p is not ...
Toni Rønnow-Rasmussen, Michael J. Zimmerman, 2005
10
Parliamentary Papers, House of Commons and Command
In the event of there being an Heritable Creditor or Cre- Sale without ditors holding Securities over the Estate preferable to the Right Creditorson of the Trustee, but who have not commenced or duly followed out Application Proceedings to sell ...
Great Britain. Parliament. House of Commons, 1855

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «PREFERABLE»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term preferable is used in the context of the following news items.
1
Gahanna ponders which is preferable: mayor or manager?
Becky Stinchcomb, the city's mayor for the past decade, said that she won't seek re-election. Related Items. Gahanna's future troubling ... «Columbus Dispatch, Jul 15»
2
McCarthy: House will not vote on Senate's highway funding bill
McCarthy also laid out his rationale for why a five-month bill was preferable to a shorter extension, though he pointedly did not rule out a ... «The Hill, Jul 15»
3
GameStop is adding a 2TB hard drive to used PS4 consoles
I'm sure spending the extra $20 and getting all new hardware is going to be preferable for most consumers. GameStop does throw in that free ... «Geek, Jul 15»
4
Phoenix beheading sparks mental-health questions
A key facet of the settlement relies on the premise that community-based, rather than inpatient services, are preferable for the county's seriously ... «azcentral.com, Jul 15»
5
Why does Volokh Conspiracy rank low in searches for “cheap …
... “cheap” has a somewhat negative quality connotation, especially in a real estate context; “inexpensive” or “affordable” seem preferable. «Washington Post, Jul 15»
6
Dr. Blonz: Soy preferable to supplements
DEAR DR. BLONZ: I have an interest in "real food" supplements, specifically soy supplements. You recently wrote about soy and thyroid ... «Marin Independent Journal, Jul 15»
7
Bronwyn Bishop impresses, but less partiality is preferable
There's no denying the high and mighty manner that Bishop brings to the speakership but it would be preferable if the savage splendour were a ... «The Australian, Jul 15»
8
Why Is Using A Reverse Mortgage More Preferable When Acquiring …
TAMWORTH, ENGLAND - MARCH 11: In this photo illustration an array of property For Sale marketing boards are erected at sign ... «Realty Today, Jul 15»
9
E-filing preferable to physical route while declaring illegal foreign …
The online route is preferable since it will be faster and tax payers don't have much time at their disposal,'' says Amol Mishra, head of tax, my ... «Business Standard, Jul 15»
10
Sometimes, maps are preferable
#And in general, I find new electronic devices easier to use than more traditional items. #But as I traveled to Columbia, Mo., this week, I found out the new GPS ... «Omak Okanogan County Chronicle, Jul 15»

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