preferentially

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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