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preference share

noun, British.
a share of preferred stock.
Origin of preference share
First recorded in 1835-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • preference shares, though far below their real value, stand at 2l.

    The Atlantic Telegraph William Howard Russell
  • The dividend on preference shares is either “cumulative” or contingent on the profits of each separate year or half year.

  • The association will also underwrite the bonds and preference shares.

    The Harris-Ingram Experiment Charles E. Bolton
  • He had received in payment cash, debentures and preference shares, and his lawyers and his own acumen had acclaimed the bargain.

    Huntingtower John Buchan
  • Its six per cent, preference shares have moved between fourteen and five and a half.

    New Worlds For Old Herbert George Wells
British Dictionary definitions for preference shares

preference shares

plural noun
(Brit & Austral) shares representing part of the capital issued by a company and entitling their holders to priority with respect to both net profit and net assets. Preference shares usually carry a definite rate of dividend that is generally lower than that declared on ordinary shares US and Canadian name preferred stock Compare ordinary shares, preferred ordinary shares
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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