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Pronunciation:  'prefuruns

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [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)
  2. [n]  the right or chance to choose; "given my druthers, I'd eat cake"
  3. [n]  a predisposition in favor of something; "a predilection for expensive cars"; "his sexual preferences"; "showed a Marxist orientation"
  4. [n]  a strong liking; "my own preference is for good literature"; "the Irish have a penchant for blarney"

PREFERENCE is a 10 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: druthers, orientation, penchant, predilection, predilection, taste
 See Also: acquired taste, advantage, alternative, choice, liking, option, predisposition, vantage, weakness, wish



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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?