Thesaurus

preference

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of preference

  1. 1 a person or thing that is preferred over others my preference is soul music Synonyms of preference darling, fave, minion, pet, favorite, speedWords Related to preference beloved, dear, sweetheart; jewel, prize, treasureNear Antonyms of preference abomination, anathema, bête noire, bugbear

  2. 2 positive regard for something a preference for cool weather Synonyms of preference appetite, fancy, favor, fondness, like, love, love affair, partiality, liking, relish, shine, taste, useWords Related to preference craving, desire, hankering, longing, thirst, yen; enthusiasm, gusto, interest, passion; bias, prejudice; bent, inclination, leaning, propensity, tendency; tooth; palate; weaknessNear Antonyms of preference apathy, disinclination; indifference, unconcernAntonyms of preference aversion, disfavor, disgust, dislike, distaste, hatred, loathing, mislike

  3. 3 the power, right, or opportunity to choose he was promised his preference when the time came to repaint his bedroom Synonyms of preference alternative, discretion, druthers [dialect], election, liberty, option, pick, choice, selection, volition, wayWords Related to preference determination, free will, will; say, voice, vote; inclination, liking, partiality, penchant, predilection, proclivity, propensity, tendency; discernment, judgment (or judgement), perspicacityNear Antonyms of preference coercion, duress, force; duty, obligation; Hobson's choice

  4. 4 a raising or a state of being raised to a higher rank or position a long-sought preference to the position of naval commander Synonyms of preference ascent, creation, elevation, advancement, preferment, promotion, rise, upgrade, upgradingWords Related to preference aggrandizement, ennoblement, exaltation, glorification, magnificationNear Antonyms of preference deposition, dethronement, discharge, dismissal, expulsion, impeachment, ouster, overthrow, removal, suspension, unmaking, unseating; downfall, fallAntonyms of preference abasement, comedown, degradation, demotion, disrating, downgrade, reduction

Synonym Discussion of preference

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


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