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PREFERENCE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does preference mean? 

PREFERENCE (noun)
  The noun PREFERENCE has 4 senses:

1. a strong liking
2. a predisposition in favor of something
3. the right or chance to choose
4. grant of favor or advantage to one over another (especially to a country or countries in matters of international trade, such as levying duties)

  Familiarity information: PREFERENCE used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


PREFERENCE (noun)


Sense 1preference [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A strong liking

Classified under:

Nouns denoting feelings and emotions

Synonyms:

penchant; preference; predilection; taste

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms ("preference" is a kind of...):

liking (a feeling of pleasure and enjoyment)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "preference"):

acquired taste (a preference that is only acquired after considerable experience)

weakness (a penchant for something even though it might not be good for you)


Sense 2preference [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A predisposition in favor of something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

predilection; preference; orientation

Context examples:

a predilection for expensive cars / his sexual preferences / showed a Marxist orientation

Hypernyms ("preference" is a kind of...):

predisposition (an inclination beforehand to interpret statements in a particular way)


Sense 3preference [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The right or chance to choose

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

druthers; preference

Context example:

given my druthers, I'd eat cake

Hypernyms ("preference" is a kind of...):

alternative; choice; option (one of a number of things from which only one can be chosen)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "preference"):

wish (the particular preference that you have)


Sense 4preference [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Hypernyms ("preference" is a kind of...):

advantage; vantage (the quality of having a superior or more favorable position)


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