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favoritism

[fey-ver-i-tiz-uh m, feyv-ri-] /ˈfeɪ vər ɪˌtɪz əm, ˈfeɪv rɪ-/
noun
1.
the favoring of one person or group over others with equal claims; partiality:
to show favoritism toward the youngest child.
2.
the state of being a favorite.
Origin
1755-1765
1755-65; favorite + -ism
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Examples from the web for favoritism
  • Yes, science needs to guard against favoritism when conducting studies of any type.
  • If humans are involved in the decisions, there is always the possibility of favoritism and retaliation in the awards.
  • Infighting, power-struggles and favoritism were rampant.
  • School executives move beyond the bounds of ethical behavior when they exercise favoritism or act unethically to avoid trouble.
  • Does not endorse or show favoritism toward the organization using the logo or other appearance of impropriety.
  • Have a supervisory or administrative relationship with a relative or work where there is an appearance of favoritism.
  • We found no allegations of favoritism concerning the agency's contracting practices or its ultimate selection decisions.
British Dictionary definitions for favoritism

favouritism

/ˈfeɪvərɪˌtɪzəm; ˈfeɪvrɪ-/
noun
1.
the practice of giving special treatment to a person or group
2.
the state of being treated as a favourite
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Word Origin and History for favoritism
n.

1763, from favorite + -ism.

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