Simple Definition of preference
: a feeling of liking or wanting one person or thing more than another person or thing
: an advantage that is given to some people or things and not to others
: something that is liked or wanted more than another thing : something that is preferred
Full Definition of preference
2 : one that is preferred
3 : the act, fact, or principle of giving advantages to some over others
4 : priority in the right to demand and receive satisfaction of an obligation
5 : orientation 2b <sexual preference>
Examples of preference in a sentence
Car buyers have recently shown a growing preference for smaller vehicles.
When it comes to music, everyone has their own preferences.
Some people like small cars and some people like big cars. It's a matter of personal preference.
She listed her favorite restaurants in order of preference.
He has tried not to show preference in giving out jobs.
The policy of the school is to give preference to minority candidates.
“We could go to an Italian or Chinese restaurant tonight. What's your preference?” “Either one is fine. I don't have a preference.”
Origin and Etymology of preference
Middle English preferraunce, from Middle French preferance, from Medieval Latin praeferentia, from Latin praeferent-, praeferens, present participle of praeferre
First Known Use: 15th century
Synonym Discussion of preference
choice, exquisite, elegant, rare, delicate, dainty mean having qualities that appeal to a cultivated taste. choice stresses preeminence in quality or kind <choice fabric>. exquisite implies a perfection in workmanship or design that appeals only to very sensitive taste <an exquisite gold bracelet>. elegant applies to what is rich and luxurious but restrained by good taste <a sumptuous but elegant dining room>. rare suggests an uncommon excellence <rare beauty>. delicate implies exquisiteness, subtlety, and fragility <delicate craftsmanship>. dainty sometimes carries an additional suggestion of smallness and of appeal to the eye or palate <dainty sandwiches>.
Rhymes with preference
PREFERENCE Defined for Kids
Definition of preference for Students
1 : a choosing of or special liking for one person or thing rather than another or others <Buyers are showing a preference for small cars.>
2 : the power or chance to choose : choice <I gave him his preference.>
3 : a person or thing that is liked or wanted more than another <My preference is to travel by train.>
Legal Definition of preference
1 : the right to prior payment of a debt <with preference over the creditors of the heirs or legatees — Louisiana Civil Code>
2 : the transfer of an insolvent debtor's interest in property to a creditor for an earlier debt that gives the creditor more than the creditor would otherwise receive (as under a bankruptcy settlement) —called also voidable preference — compare antecedent debt at debt, fraudulent conveyance, general assignment at assignment Editor's note: Preferences can be voided by a bankruptcy trustee because they diminish the bankruptcy estate out of which other creditors will be paid. Preferences must be made during a period (as 90 days before the date of filing a bankruptcy petition) established by bankruptcy law in order to be voidable. Perfection or grant of a security interest during this period is also a preference. The bankruptcy law states exceptions under which payments to creditors are not voidable preferences.
3 : priority
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