Origin of preference
Examples from the Web for preference
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|DAILY BEAST
“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|Marlow Stern|March 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Do you have a preference among the three, and how does your preparation differ, depending on the medium?
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|Dave Cote|October 18, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The commander does not, as yet, make a selection of one course of action in preference to another.Sound Military Decision|U.s. Naval War College
These explanations rest their credit and their preference on their own merits.
His son is a lawyer by the profession chosen for him, and a painter by preference.A History of the French Novel, Vol. 2|George Saintsbury
He has a preference for withholding his name from the public, and has described himself as 'the patient.'
Where must we look for the origin of this delight in antiquity, and the preference shown for it?We Philologists, Volume 8 (of 18)|Friedrich Nietzsche
British Dictionary definitions for preference
- 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
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.