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preferential

[pref-uh-ren-shuh l] /ˌprɛf əˈrɛn ʃəl/
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, or of the nature of preference:
preferential policies.
2.
showing or giving preference:
a preferential hiring system.
3.
receiving or enjoying preference, as a country in trade relations; favored.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50; < Medieval Latin praeferenti(a) preference + -al1
Related forms
preferentialism, noun
preferentialist, noun
preferentially, adverb
nonpreferential, adjective
nonpreferentially, adverb
nonpreferentialism, noun
quasi-preferential, adjective
quasi-preferentially, adverb
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Examples for preferential
  • The loss of preferential treatment prompted a search for new markets.
  • Most of the time our preferential voting system works quite well.
  • preferential absorption and scattering of blue light could definitely skew the sun towards yellow.
  • The author also does not give any reason why grid-based sources are preferential to plug-in sources.
  • Their model exemplifies two primary aspects of user behavior: preferential attachment and aging of resources.
  • They were given preferential access to markets for borrowing money.
  • In terms of the specific subsidies, preferential land-use rights are invoked as an unfair subsidy.
  • On the other hand, preferential treatment to any particular group could lower overall troop morale.
  • But there's no incentive to leave your employer-provided insurance plan if it has preferential tax treatment.
  • Other ethnic minorities, who do not receive preferential gerrymandering, would benefit as well.
British Dictionary definitions for preferential

preferential

/ˌprɛfəˈrɛnʃəl/
adjective
1.
showing or resulting from preference
2.
giving, receiving, or originating from preference in international trade
Derived Forms
preferentiality (ˌprɛfəˌrɛnʃɪˈælɪtɪ) noun
preferentially, adverb
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Word Origin and History for preferential
preferential
1849, from M.L. praeferentia, from L. praeferre (see prefer) + -al (1).
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