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.
- non·pref·er·ence, noun
- self-pref·er·ence, noun
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How to use preference in a sentence
The remaining teams were polled on their initial preference, and the Lakers and Clippers voted to end the season.Why A Strike For Racial Justice Started With The Milwaukee Bucks And The NBA | Neil Paine (firstname.lastname@example.org) | August 27, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
Earlier this year, Criteo began work on what it is calling a “revocable identification system” — a portal where consumers could access their privacy profile and update their preferences for how they can be targeted across web browsers and apps.‘There is no precedent to this’: How Criteo plans to adapt to Apple’s IDFA privacy update | Lara O'Reilly | July 31, 2020 | Digiday
People in innumerable quantities all around the world are showing a similar change in preferences.Podcasts and internet marketing: Are you missing the boat? | Nasirabadi Reza | July 30, 2020 | Search Engine Watch
Well, I guess it all really depends on your personal preference and also, more importantly, what region you hail from.What Are All Of The Different Ways To Pluralize “You”? | Brigid Walsh | July 29, 2020 | Everything After Z
Consumers are shifting their needs and preferences to new types of content and new ways of engaging with companies.How to use trending keywords from current events in content marketing | Gregg Schwartz | July 23, 2020 | Search Engine Watch
Browser preference might come down to how many times you want to slip your headset on and off.Welcome to Oculus XXX: In-Your-Face 3D is the Future of Porn | Aurora Snow | October 18, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
We should never place the preference of an adult over the safety and innocence of a child.
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
On everything from gender and sexual preference to climate change, those who dissent from the official pieties risk punishment.Watch What You Say, The New Liberal Power Elite Won’t Tolerate Dissent | Joel Kotkin | June 7, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
There are many to choice from and much is personal preference.
It would be interesting to know whether there is any general preference as between these two combinations.
A child's preference for the mother's singing is, perhaps, a half reminiscence of the soft-low tones of the lullaby.
Those of a more serious turn are apt to show a curious preference for the graver aspects of things.
He did this to signalise his disapprobation of royalty, and his preference for democratic equality.Assimilative Memory | Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
Reasonable facilities for receiving and forwarding traffic The subject of undue preference, which was forbiddenp.Fifty Years of Railway Life in England, Scotland and Ireland | Joseph Tatlow
British Dictionary definitions for preference
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
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