preferment

noun pre·fer·ment \ pri-ˈfər-mənt \
|Updated on: 4 Jul 2018

Definition of preferment

1 a : advancement or promotion in dignity, office, or station
b : a position or office of honor or profit
2 : priority or seniority in right especially to receive payment or to purchase property on equal terms with others
3 : the act of bringing forward
  • preferment of charges

Examples of preferment in a Sentence

  1. He has hopes for preferment.

  2. anticipated her preferment to a better-paying position within the company

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First Known Use of preferment

15th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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PREFERMENT Defined for English Language Learners

preferment

Definition of preferment for English Language Learners

  • : the act of moving someone to a higher or more important position or rank in an organization


Law Dictionary

preferment

noun pre·fer·ment \ pri-ˈfər-mənt \

legal Definition of preferment

1 : advancement or promotion in office or station
2 : the act of preferring (as charges)
  • without preferment of allegations


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