- the act of preferring.
- the state of being preferred.
- that which is preferred; choice: His preference is vanilla, not chocolate.
- a practical advantage given to one over others.
- a prior right or claim, as to payment of dividends or to assets upon dissolution.
- the favoring of one country or group of countries by granting special advantages over others in international trade.
Origin of preference
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Examples from the Web for preference
We should never place the preference of an adult over the safety and innocence of a child.Michelle Duggar Is Making Transphobic Robocalls
August 19, 2014
You wear a pin that adjusts the temperature, lighting, décor, and entertainment to your preference.Up To a Point: Robber Barons Make Way For Robber Nerds
P. J. O’Rourke
August 9, 2014
“Everyone has a preference,” the man says, probing Oberyn about whether he prefers the company of a man or a woman.Meet the Red Viper: Pedro Pascal on Game of Thrones’ Kinky, Bisexual Hellraiser
March 26, 2014
Do you have a preference among the three, and how does your preparation differ, depending on the medium?Bob Balaban: How I Write
February 5, 2014
Our political indolence and preference for yelling across the room rather than engaging hurts us every day.Honeywell CEO to Washington: Don’t Squander Our Heritage
October 18, 2013
How my heart rises at her preference of them to me, when she is convinced of their injustice to me!Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
Let us consider, again, how preference in a writer is established.The Man Shakespeare
That would be showing a preference, and a preference is never fair.The Boy Life of Napoleon
All our reasonings a priori will never be able to show us any foundation for this preference.
In preference to talking to her, he preferred to stand a little way off and look at her.Roden's Corner
Henry Seton Merriman
- the act of preferring
- something or someone preferred
- the settling of the claims of one or more creditors before or to the exclusion of those of the others
- a prior right to payment, as of a dividend or share in the assets of a company in the event of liquidation
- commerce the granting of favour or precedence to particular foreign countries, as by levying differential tariffs
Word Origin and History for preference
mid-15c., "advancement in position or status;" 1650s as "act of prefering," from Middle French preference (14c., Modern French préférence), from Medieval Latin preferentia, from past participle stem of Latin praeferrere (see prefer). Sense of "that which one prefers" is from 1852.