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preferential

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adjective pref·er·en·tial \ˌpre-fə-ˈren(t)-shəl\

Simple Definition of preferential

  • : giving an advantage to a particular person or group

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of preferential

  1. 1 :  showing preference

  2. 2 :  employing or creating a preference in trade relations

  3. 3 :  designed to permit expression of preference among candidates <a preferential primary>

  4. 4 :  giving preference especially in hiring to union members <a preferential shop>

preferentially play \-ˈren(t)-sh(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of preferential in a sentence

  1. powerful people who demand preferential treatment from politicians



1849

First Known Use of preferential

1849

Rhymes with preferential


Law Dictionary

preferential

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adjective pref·e·ren·tial \ˌpre-fə-ˈren-chəl\

Legal Definition of preferential

  1. 1 :  of or constituting a preference <a preferential transfer>

  2. 2 :  giving preference to union members esp. in hiring <a preferential shop>

  3. 3 :  showing preference <these creditors may obtain preferential treatment>





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