in preference to


: instead of (something or someone) : rather than (something or someone)
They chose her in preference to me.

Examples of in preference to in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Composites are used in preference to sheet metal, in part to offset the weight of the battery pack. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 8 Aug. 2023 In another nod to the original, hydraulic finned drum brakes have been chosen in preference to discs in order to preserve the vintage look. Ben Oliver, Robb Report, 9 Feb. 2023 The client had promoted a white man with a bachelor’s in history in preference to a Hispanic woman with an associate’s degree in secretarial science and years of administrative experience into a position that required high levels of ability to organize data and create systems. Lynne Curry | Alaska Workplace, Anchorage Daily News, 29 Aug. 2022 Conversations about fragrance on social media have actually increased by 11% since the first lockdown with consumers have been researching soothing, feel-good fragrances in preference to more seductive scents. Kate Hardcastle, Forbes, 13 May 2022 How did actors come to inhabit our soapboxes, in preference to dentists or plumbers? David Mamet, National Review, 31 Mar. 2022 Its proponents are concerned that a bilingual person could be hired in preference to one speaking only French, putting Francophones at a disadvantage. The New York Times, Arkansas Online, 10 Oct. 2021

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“In preference to.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

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