preferential

[pref-uh-ren-shuhl]
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:
1840–50; < Medieval Latin praeferenti(a) preference + -al1

preferentialism, noun
preferentialist, noun
preferentially, adverb
nonpreferential, adjective
nonpreferentially, adverb
nonpreferentialism, noun
quasi-preferential, adjective
quasi-preferentially, adverb
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preferential (ˌprɛfəˈrɛnʃəl)
 
adj
1.  showing or resulting from preference
2.  giving, receiving, or originating from preference in international trade
 
preferentiality
 
n
 
prefer'entially
 
adv

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preferential
1849, from M.L. praeferentia, from L. praeferre (see prefer) + -al (1).
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Example sentences
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.
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