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
preferentiallyplay \-ˈren(t)-sh(ə-)lē\ adverb
Examples of preferential in a Sentence
powerful people who demand preferential treatment from politicians
Recent Examples of preferential from the Web
But Amazon Alexa voice shoppers will have preferential treatment then, too, with a full two hours of access before the general public 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. PT.
New Jersey contends that Nevada has received preferential treatment from the federal government.
Prosecutors had demanded a seven-year jail term for Choi on charges of obstruction of business and links to Park in order to force a university to give her daughter preferential treatment.
Apple worked out some deals with major publishers that required those companies to give Apple preferential pricing, resulting in inflated e-book prices on Amazon for a few years.
Dave coached Mitch hard, not wanting to give him preferential treatment.
But then there's that 5 percent, which includes a paragraph about citrus canners and processors getting preferential treatment in up to two growing licenses under the bill.
Carbon Tariffs Corporate leaders also warn that U.S. isolation could lead to consumer boycotts, being left out of preferential purchase agreements or some kind of carbon tariffs from the European Union, China or other nations.
Exelon wants Pennsylvania to give nuclear power the kind of preferential treatment and premium payments that are extended to renewable forms of energy, such as wind and solar.
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First Known Use of preferential
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Definition of preferential for English Language Learners
: giving an advantage to a particular person or group
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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