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WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

adj
1: manifesting partiality; "a discriminatory tax"; "preferential tariff rates"; "preferential treatment"; "a preferential shop gives priority or advantage to union members in hiring or promoting" [syn: discriminatory, preferential]

Merriam Webster's

adjective Date: 1849 1. showing preference 2. employing or creating a preference in trade relations 3. designed to permit expression of preference among candidates <a preferential primary> 4. giving preference especially in hiring to union members <a preferential shop> preferentially adverb

Oxford Reference Dictionary

adj. 1 of or involving preference (preferential treatment). 2 giving or receiving a favour. 3 Commerce (of a tariff etc.) favouring particular countries. 4 (of voting) in which the voter puts candidates in order of preference. Derivatives: preferentially adv. Etymology: as PREFERENCE, after differential

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Preferential Pref`er*en"tial, a. Giving, indicating, or having a preference or precedence; as, a preferential claim; preferential shares.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

If you get preferential treatment, you are treated better than other people and therefore have an advantage over them. Despite her status, the Duchess will not be given preferential treatment. = special ADJ: usu ADJ n



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