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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. Act of preferring; higher estimation; choice.
  11. The act of preferring, the state of being preferred, or that which is preferred.
  12. Preferential.
  13. Preferentially.
  14. The preferring of one thing before another; choice of one thing rather than another.
  15. The choice or estimation of one thing rather than another; state of being preferred.

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
  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. Do you wish for the preference? – Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas, Pere
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. She has been a little amazed at Lucia's evident preference, so plainly shown. – Floyd Grandon's Honor by Amanda Minnie Douglas
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
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