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Definitions for preference
ˈprɛf ər əns, ˈprɛf rənspref·er·ence

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. preference, penchant, predilection, tastenoun

    a strong liking

    "my own preference is for good literature"; "the Irish have a penchant for blarney"

  2. predilection, preference, orientationnoun

    a predisposition in favor of something

    "a predilection for expensive cars"; "his sexual preferences"; "showed a Marxist orientation"

  3. preference, druthersnoun

    the right or chance to choose

    "given my druthers, I'd eat cake"

  4. preferencenoun

    grant of favor or advantage to one over another (especially to a country or countries in matters of international trade, such as levying duties)

Wiktionary

  1. preferencenoun

    The selection of one thing or person over others.

  2. preferencenoun

    The option to so select, and the one selected.

  3. preferencenoun

    The state of being preferred over others.

  4. preferencenoun

    A strong liking or personal valuation.

  5. preferencenoun

    A preferential bias; partiality; discrimination.

  6. preferencenoun

    Preferans, a card game, principally played in Eastern Europe.

  7. preferenceverb

    To give preferential treatment to; to give a preference to.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Preferencenoun

    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

    Etymology: [Cf. F. prfrence.]

  2. Preferencenoun

    that which is preferred; the object of choice or superior favor; as, which is your preference?

    Etymology: [Cf. F. prfrence.]

Freebase

  1. Preference

    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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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'preference' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4245

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'preference' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4512

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'preference' in Nouns Frequency: #1349

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of preference in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of preference in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of preference in a Sentence

  1. Themistocles, from Plutarch, Lives:

    I choose the likely man in preference to the rich man; I want a man without money rather than money without a man.

  2. Sam Arends:

    I didnt expect the tweet to blow up like it did, otherwise I probably would have never made the tweet, the tweet was made as a joke between me and a few buddies that always argue about our fast food burger preference.

  3. Caleb Marshall Brown:

    The lack of horsetails, and rarity of cycads and conifers is surprising, given that these are very common in the surrounding flora, even within ferns, it looks like Borealopelta may have had a preference for certain types of ferns, while ignoring others.

  4. Alexander Hamilton:

    The safety of a republic depends essentially on the energy of a common national sentiment; on a uniformity of principles and habits; on the exemption of the citizens from foreign bias and prejudice, and on the love of country which will almost invariably be found to be closely connected with birth, education, and family. The opinion advanced in Notes on Virginia [by Thomas Jefferson] is undoubtedly correct, that foreigners will generally be apt to bring with them attachments to the persons they have left behind; to the country of their nativity, and to its particular customs and manners. They will also entertain opinions on government congenial with those under which they have lived; or, if they should be led hither from a preference to ours, how extremely unlikely is it that they will bring with them that temperate love of liberty, so essential to real republicanism?

  5. Carey Mulligan:

    I feel it's important that criticism is constructive, i think it's important that we are looking at the right things when it comes to work, and we're looking at the art, and we're looking at the performance and the way that a film is made. And I don't think that goes to the appearance of an actor or your personal preference for what an actor does or doesn't look like, which it felt that that article did.

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