preference

noun
pref·​er·​ence | \ ˈpre-fərn(t)s, ˈpre-f(ə-)rən(t)s How to pronounce preference (audio) \

Definition of preference

1a : the act of preferring : the state of being preferred
b : the power or opportunity of choosing
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 offensive, see usage paragraph below : orientation sense 2b sexual preference

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choice, option, alternative, preference, selection, election mean the act or opportunity of choosing or the thing chosen. choice suggests the opportunity or privilege of choosing freely. freedom of choice option implies a power to choose that is specifically granted or guaranteed. the option of paying now or later alternative implies a need to choose one and reject another possibility. equally attractive alternatives preference suggests a choice guided by one's judgment or predilections. a preference for cool weather selection implies a range of choice. a varied selection of furniture election implies an end or purpose which requires exercise of judgment. doing a tax return forces certain elections on you

Usage of Preference

The term preference as used to refer to sexual orientation is widely considered offensive in its implied suggestion that a person can choose who they are sexually or romantically attracted to.

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.”
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Recent Examples on the Web The Breville didn’t score quite as high for user-friendliness as the Cuisinart, but some of the issues may be a matter of preference. Tanya Edwards, CNN Underscored, "The best hand mixers of 2021," 2 Apr. 2021 This also brings up the notion of consumer preference. Lance Eliot, Forbes, "Self-Driving Cars Aiming To Change Our Most Favorite Of Car Colors," 20 Mar. 2021 Picking the right duvet is ultimately a matter of personal preference, experts told us. Ambar Pardilla, NBC News, "The 6 best duvets and duvet inserts of 2021," 15 Mar. 2021 Participants can choose any bike route of their preference at any location in Broward and can select a fitness tracking app to monitor their daily mileage. Emmett Hall, sun-sentinel.com, "Pedal power: Broward’s Let’s Go Biking challenge goes virtual this month," 8 Mar. 2021 Nichols moved Tulane to the top five slots of her rank list, the catalog of each applicant’s favored residency programs in order of preference. Theresa Gaffney, STAT, "After allegations of racism and sexism, some applicants remove Tulane from residency rankings," 27 Feb. 2021 At that election, voters can rank their favorites in order of preference from first to fifth. Scott Bauer, Star Tribune, "Bipartisan push for ranked-choice voting in Wisconsin," 24 Feb. 2021 The lack of religious preference and the fact ( the United States) is a more transient society are partly the reason for the increase in requests for cremation. Michael Wetzel The Decatur Daily, al, "Why cremations are becoming increasingly common in Alabama," 7 Feb. 2021 In our experience, both phone and chat readings are equal in quality, but the answer to which is better for you is a matter of preference. Norcal Marketing, Chron, "Best Tarot Readings Online: 5 Most Accurate Tarot Card Reading Sites of 2021," 28 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of preference

1673, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for preference

Middle English preferraunce, from Middle French preferance, from Medieval Latin praeferentia, from Latin praeferent-, praeferens, present participle of praeferre

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The first known use of preference was in 1673

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“Preference.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/preference. Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.

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preference

noun

English Language Learners 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

preference

noun
pref·​er·​ence | \ ˈpre-fə-rəns How to pronounce preference (audio) , ˈpref-rəns \

Kids Definition of preference

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.

preference

noun
pref·​er·​ence | \ ˈpre-frəns, -fə-rəns How to pronounce preference (audio) \

Legal Definition of preference

1 : the right to prior payment of a debt with preference over the creditors of the heirs or legateesLouisiana 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

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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