[pri-fur-muh nt]
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  1. the act of preferring.
  2. the state of being preferred.
  3. advancement or promotion, especially in the church.
  4. a position or office affording social or pecuniary advancement.

Origin of preferment

late Middle English word dating back to 1425–75; see origin at prefer, -ment Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for preferment


  1. the act of promoting or advancing to a higher position, office, etc
  2. the state of being preferred for promotion or social advancement
  3. the act of preferring
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Word Origin and History for preferment

mid-15c., from prefer + -ment.

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