preferential


pref·er·en·tial

adjective \ˌpre-fə-ˈren(t)-shəl\

: giving an advantage to a particular person or group

Full Definition of PREFERENTIAL

1
:  showing preference
2
:  employing or creating a preference in trade relations
3
:  designed to permit expression of preference among candidates <a preferential primary>
4
:  giving preference especially in hiring to union members <a preferential shop>
pref·er·en·tial·ly \-ˈren(t)-sh(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of PREFERENTIAL

  1. powerful people who demand preferential treatment from politicians

First Known Use of PREFERENTIAL

1849

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