Definitions of preference

  1. the right or chance to choose; " given my druthers, I'd eat cake"
  2. a predisposition in favor of something; " a predilection for expensive cars"; " his sexual preferences"; " showed a Marxist orientation"
  3. a strong liking; " my own preference is for good literature"; " the Irish have a penchant for blarney"
  4. grant of favor or advantage to one over another ( esp to a country or countries in matters of international trade such as levying duties)
  5. grant of favor or advantage to one over another ( especially to a country or countries in matters of international trade, such as levying duties)
  6. 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.
  7. That which is preferred; the object of choice or superior favor; as, which is your preference?
  8. 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.
  9. Choice of one thing more than another; that which is favored or chosen.
  10. The act of preferring: estimation above another: the state of being preferred: that which is preferred: choice.
  11. Act of preferring; higher estimation; choice.
  12. The act of preferring, the state of being preferred, or that which is preferred.
  13. Preferential.
  14. Preferentially.
  15. Preferment.
  16. The preferring of one thing before another; choice of one thing rather than another.
  17. The choice or estimation of one thing rather than another; state of being preferred.

Quotes of preference

  1. I never say I have a preference for one medium as opposed to another. – Christine Baranski
  2. Lovers of painting and lovers of music are people who openly display their preference like a delectable ailment that isolates them and makes them proud. – Maurice Blanchot
  3. In science, read, by preference the newest works; in literature, the oldest. The classic literature is always modern. – Robert Bulwer-Lytton
  4. Rather than disliking theatre, I've expressed a preference for television because it tends to deal in its small way much more with issues and is able to reach a broader church of people than theatre. – Christopher Eccleston
  5. What we prefer to read is sort of like sexual preference you like what you like. Most of the time you have no clue why. – Laurell K. Hamilton
  6. That some Forms of Government are preferable to others, cannot be doubted; yet neither our Saviour, nor his Apostles have decided where that Preference is due. – Charles Inglis
  7. If modernist naturalism were true, there would be no objective truth outside of science. In that case right and wrong would be a matter of cultural preference or political power, and the power already available to modernists ideologies would be overwhelming. – Phillip E. Johnson
  8. My reasons for declaring a sexual preference had to do less with the pursuit of personal freedom than with the lust for pure shock value. – Lance Loud
  9. And if I had a preference it would be to be able to not be in the studio until 4 in the morning. – Alanis Morissette
  10. If we as a society are willing to have a preference for organic food, the farmer can pass on the savings. – Robert Patterson
  11. Any religious organization should be allowed to hire based on their religious preference but not with federal dollars. – Jose Serrano
  12. We may think there is willpower involved, but more likely... change is due to want power. Wanting the new addiction more than the old one. Wanting the new me in preference to the person I am now. – George A. Sheehan
  13. I choose the likely man in preference to the rich man; I want a man without money rather than money without a man. – Themistocles
  14. I will, proudly and by preference do at least one picture a year for King Brothers, and I will try to make it the best picture that I have it in me to do. – Dalton Trumbo

Usage examples for preference

  1. I' faith, if she showed me such preference I'd take a similar offer from thee." – The Great Mogul by Louis Tracy
  2. You think he'd give the preference to you! – The Lightning Conductor Discovers America by C. N. (Charles Norris) Williamson and A. M. (Alice Muriel) Williamson
  3. What was to be my occupation did not give me one thought; I had as yet no choice, no preference – Confessions of Boyhood by John Albee
  4. From the present volume it is difficult to select any one passage in preference to another as specially characteristic of Mr. Pater's treatment. – Reviews by Oscar Wilde
  5. That she had a preference for him, and was revealing it with the utmost frankness, never occurred to his sturdy, honest mind. – The Cow Puncher by Robert J. C. Stead
  6. On account of the affectionate preference which Julia had shown on the evening of the party, our heroic friend Utrilla had recovered sufficient spirits to last at least half a year. – Maximina by Armando Palacio Valdés
  7. He was a shrewd man and suspected that there was a good reason for his visitor's preference – For the Allinson Honor by Harold Bindloss
  8. I have no reason to give you preference – My Home In The Field of Honor by Frances Wilson Huard
  9. She colored slightly as she met my eyes, but said quietly, " Mr. Morton, you have expressed no preference yet." – A Day Of Fate by E. P. Roe
  10. Schumpeter indicates that it is the essential function of the banker to give preference to the new ways, that the mass of men are " static" in their attitude, and that, for some reason which he does not clearly indicate, the banker is not. – The Value of Money by Benjamin M. Anderson, Jr.
  11. If nature has produced the trees in favor of some species, it is difficult to say to which she has given the preference – A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 5 (of 10) From "The Works of Voltaire - A Contemporary Version" by François-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire) Commentator: John Morley Tobias Smollett H.G. Leigh
  12. She has been a little amazed at Lucia's evident preference so plainly shown. – Floyd Grandon's Honor by Amanda Minnie Douglas
  13. For that matter she knew herself to have the preference – Tess of the d'Urbervilles A Pure Woman by Thomas Hardy
  14. She has no right to a preference for another: her heart is too grateful to admit of one. – Kenelm Chillingly, Book 8. by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  15. So I have tried to keep him on, not knowing what the next one may be like, and when I asked him what he had to complain of and he replied " Nothing," I could only conclude that he has a personal objection to me because of my eccentric preference for plants in groups rather than plants in lines. – Elizabeth and her German Garden by "Elizabeth", AKA Marie Annette Beauchamp
  16. 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
  17. Of course Mr Barret did not object, though he was rather surprised at this mark of preference – The Eagle Cliff by R.M. Ballantyne
  18. Lord Earle said to himself, after his daughters had retired, that both were charming; but, though he hardly owned it to himself, if he had a preference it was for brilliant, beautiful Beatrice. – Dora Thorne by Charlotte M. Braeme
  19. I had several lovers; but my inner thoughts distinguished only one; and he, I think, had a decided preference for me, but it was a preference of present impression. – Gryll Grange by Thomas Love Peacock Commentator: George Saintsbury
  20. Do you wish for the preference – Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas, Pere