Preference definition

prĕfər-əns, prĕfrəns
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The state of being preferred; favor over others.

Applicants who received preference for the job.

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A preferring or being preferred; greater liking.
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The granting of precedence or advantage to one country or group of countries in levying duties or in other matters of international trade.
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Something preferred; one's first choice.
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Such priority or advantage.
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The state of being preferred over others.
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Preference is liking one thing or one person better than others.

An example of preference is when you like peas better than carrots.

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The selecting of someone or something over another or others.

Has a decided preference for travel by train.

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A giving of priority or advantage to one person, country, etc. over others, as in payment of debts or granting of credit.
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The right or chance to make a choice.

The program offers you the preference to use the mouse or function keys.

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Someone or something so chosen or preferred.

What are your musical preferences?

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A priority of payment given to one or more creditors by an insolvent debtor.
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The right of a creditor to priority of payment.
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The presentation of a case as ready for consideration.
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The option to so select, and the one selected.

Can I keep my preferences when I upgrade to the new version of this application?

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Preferans, a card game, principally played in Eastern Europe.
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(US) To give preferential treatment to; to give a preference to.
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The right, power, or opportunity of prior choice or claim.
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The formal presentation of criminal charges against someone.
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The selection of one thing or person over others.
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A strong liking or personal valuation.
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A debtor’s transferring of property to a creditor in advance of filing a bankruptcy petition, so that the creditor receives more than would have been received under bankruptcy, to the detriment of other creditors.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
preference
Plural:
preferences

Origin of preference

  • Middle English preferraunce preferment from Old French preference from preferer to prefer prefer

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition