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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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British Dictionary definitions for quasipreferential

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