Definitions for: Preference

[n] grant of favor or advantage to one over another (esp to a country or countries in matters of international trade such as levying duties)
[n] the right or chance to choose; "given my druthers, I'd eat cake"
[n] a predisposition in favor of something; "a predilection for expensive cars"; "his sexual preferences"; "showed a Marxist orientation"
[n] a strong liking; "my own preference is for good literature"; "the Irish have a penchant for blarney"

Webster (1913) Definition: Pref"er*ence, n. [Cf. F. pr['e]f['e]rence.]
1. 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

Leave the critics on either side to contend about
the preference due to this or that sort of poetry.

Knowledge of things alone gives a value to our
reasonings, and preference of one man's knowledge
over another's. --Locke.

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

Synonyms: druthers, orientation, penchant, predilection, predilection, taste

See Also: acquired taste, advantage, alternative, choice, liking, option, predisposition, vantage, weakness, wish

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