- the showing of more kindness and indulgence to some person or persons than to others; act of being unfairly partial
- the condition of being a favorite
Favoritism is defined as the act of giving preferential treatment to someone or something.
When a teacher always calls on the kids who sit in the front row and is nicer to those kids, this is an example of a time when the teacher shows favoritism.
- A display of partiality toward a favored person or group.
- The state of being held in special favor.
See also discrimination.favoritism the practice of giving preferential treatment to a person or persons. nepotism favoritism shown to nephews or other relatives, as in politics or business. —nepotist, n. —nepotic, adj. partisanism 1. favoritism shown to members of one’s own party, faction, sect, or cause. 2. strong adherence to the tenets of one’s party, faction, sect, or cause. —partisan, n., adj.
- (US) Alternative spelling of favouritism.
- I call it absurd because on a ship that size, he was certainly handling duties that other qualified staffers existed to do, and in a bureaucracy, such signs of favoritism to the son of the doctor would certainly raise eyebrows.
- While these people may indeed be able to offer relevant advice, because they have a strong connection to only one side of the couple, the other person may perceive favoritism or feel that the help is biased.
- Favoritism becomes a factor when some parents find it much easier to relate to a child with a flexible temperament or one whose temperament matches their own than to a child who does not fit in as well.
- If you're dating a boss or another person who is higher up the career ladder than you, there could be bouts of favoritism that other coworkers won't appreciate.
- Before starting his career, the nephew of Francis Ford Coppola, Cage changed his last name to avoid favoritism in his career due to his famous relative.