veterans' preference


: preferential treatment given qualified veterans of the U.S. armed forces under federal or state law
specifically : special consideration (as by allowance of points) on a civil service examination

Word History

First Known Use

circa 1941, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of veterans' preference was circa 1941

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“Veterans' preference.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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