preference, penchant, predilection, taste(noun)
a strong liking
"my own preference is for good literature"; "the Irish have a penchant for blarney"
predilection, preference, orientation(noun)
a predisposition in favor of something
"a predilection for expensive cars"; "his sexual preferences"; "showed a Marxist orientation"
the right or chance to choose
"given my druthers, I'd eat cake"
grant of favor or advantage to one over another (especially to a country or countries in matters of international trade, such as levying duties)
The selection of one thing or person over others.
The option to so select, and the one selected.
The state of being preferred over others.
A strong liking or personal valuation.
A preferential bias; partiality; discrimination.
Preferans, a card game, principally played in Eastern Europe.
To give preferential treatment to; to give a preference to.
the act of Preferring, or the state of being preferred; the setting of one thing before another; precedence; higher estimation; predilection; choice; also, the power or opportunity of choosing; as, to give him his preference
that which is preferred; the object of choice or superior favor; as, which is your preference?
Origin: [Cf. F. prfrence.]
The term preferences is used in a variety of related, but not identical, ways in the scientific literature. This makes it necessary to make explicit the sense in which the term is used in different social sciences.
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'preference' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4245
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'preference' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4512
Rank popularity for the word 'preference' in Nouns Frequency: #1349
The numerical value of preference in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of preference in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Their preference for the smallest and poorest was the reflection and measure of their unconditional love of God.
I choose the likely man in preference to the rich man I want a man without money rather than money without a man.
It's a tough balancing act but the preference would be to try to stick to their fiscal target as much as they can.
There is nothing more likely to drive a person mad than...an obstinate, constitutional preference of the true to the agreeable.
Constancy in love is a perpetual inconstancy, in which the heart attaches itself successively to each of the lover's qualities, giving preference now to one, now to another.
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From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- suosituimmuus, mieltymys, puolueellisuus, preferenssi, valinta, suosikkiasemaFinnish
- preferansHaitian Creole
- 選択, 優先, えこひいき, 好みJapanese
- siłkidígííNavajo, Navaho
- preferată, preferință, `preferatRomanian
- предпочтение, выборRussian
- förmånsrätt, förkärlek, företräde, preferensSwedish
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