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Definitions of preference

  1. the right or chance to choose; "given my druthers, I'd eat cake" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a strong liking; "my own preference is for good literature"; "the Irish have a penchant for blarney" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. grant of favor or advantage to one over another (esp to a country or countries in matters of international trade such as levying duties) Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. grant of favor or advantage to one over another (especially to a country or countries in matters of international trade, such as levying duties) Wordnet Dictionary DB
  5. The act of Preferring, or the state of being preferred; the setting of one thing before another; precedence; higher estimation; predilection; choice; also, the power or opportunity of choosing; as, to give him his preference. Newage Dictionary DB
  6. That which is preferred; the object of choice or superior favor; as, which is your preference? Newage Dictionary DB
  7. A payment made by a debtor to a creditor within a defined period prior to filing for bankruptcy -- within three months for arms-length creditors (regular commercial creditors) and within one year for insider creditors (friends, family members, and business associates). Because a preference gives the creditor who received the payment an edge over other creditors in the bankruptcy case, the trustee can recover the preference (the amount of the payment) and distribute it among all of the creditors.
  8. Choice of one thing more than another; that which is favored or chosen. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  9. Act of preferring; higher estimation; choice. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  10. The act of preferring, the state of being preferred, or that which is preferred. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11. The preferring of one thing before another; choice of one thing rather than another. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  12. The choice or estimation of one thing rather than another; state of being preferred. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  13. Preferentially. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  14. Preferential. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.

Usage examples for preference

  1. Of course Mr Barret did not object, though he was rather surprised at this mark of preference – The Eagle Cliff by R.M. Ballantyne
  2. Before long the women are reported to be making fine baskets which please customers, and are bought in preference to the French. – Elizabeth Gilbert and Her Work for the Blind by Frances Martin
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