preferential

adjective pref·er·en·tial \ ˌpre-fə-ˈren(t)-shəl \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

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

preferentially

play \ˌpre-fə-ˈren(t)-sh(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of preferential in a Sentence

  1. powerful people who demand preferential treatment from politicians

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First Known Use of preferential

1849


PREFERENTIAL Defined for English Language Learners

preferential

adjective

Definition of preferential for English Language Learners

  • : giving an advantage to a particular person or group


Law Dictionary

preferential

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

legal Definition of preferential

1 : of or constituting a preference
  • a preferential transfer
2 : giving preference to union members especially in hiring
  • a preferential shop
3 : showing preference
  • these creditors may obtain preferential treatment


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