[ pref-uh-ren-shuh l ]
/ ˌprɛf əˈrɛn ʃəl /


of, relating to, or of the nature of preference: preferential policies.
showing or giving preference: a preferential hiring system.
receiving or enjoying preference, as a country in trade relations; favored.

Origin of preferential

1840–50; < Medieval Latin praeferenti(a) preference + -al1

OTHER WORDS FROM preferential Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for preferentially

  • Preferentially, too, he was not inclined to embark in matrimony.

    Aletta|Bertram Mitford
  • Wherever you like, but preferentially in an unfrequented quarter.

    The Barber of Paris|Charles Paul de Kock

British Dictionary definitions for preferentially

/ (ˌprɛfəˈrɛnʃəl) /


showing or resulting from preference
giving, receiving, or originating from preference in international trade

Derived forms of preferential

preferentiality (ˌprɛfəˌrɛnʃɪˈælɪtɪ), nounpreferentially, adverb
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