In the lead up to this day, each student lists, in order of preference, the residency program that he or she would like to attend.
We have to want peace more because Israeli and Palestinian leaders have made their preference for the status quo abundantly clear.
Now, I know my preference of life mate freaks some people out.
mid-15c., "advancement in position or status;" 1650s as "act of prefering," from Middle French preference (14c., Modern French préférence), from Medieval Latin preferentia, from past participle stem of Latin praeferrere (see prefer). Sense of "that which one prefers" is from 1852.