Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or giving advantage or preference: preferential treatment.
  • adj. Manifesting or originating from partiality or preference: preferential tariff rates.

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  • adj. Of or relating to the showing or giving of preference.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Giving, indicating, or having a preference or precedence

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Characterized by or having preference; such as to be preferred.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. manifesting partiality

Etymologies

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Examples

  • To slide the topic away from education, I'm not sure why Tyler chose to emphasize bilateral trade agreements rather than progress with the Doha Round, particularly since we know the welfare ambiguities inherent in preferential trade liberalization.

    Second Term Policies, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • The Lib Dems are the central backer of the electoral-reform measure, which would dump the U.K.'s longtime voting system—known as "first past the post"—for what is known as a preferential model.

    Lib Dems Head for a Bruising in U.K. Votes

  • Harry Tuttle lists "20 films, roughly in preferential order."

    GreenCine Daily: Weekend lists.

  • Many provinces still engage in preferential treatment in awarding government contracts - again, further driving up the cost of doing business in Canada.

    Competing in the Global Village

  • In many social situations, a particular main involvement will be seen as an intrinsic part of the social occasion in which the situation occurs, and will be defined as preferential if not obligatory.

    Behavior in Public Places

  • As tariffs are reduced to zero, Canada may lose certain preferential advantages now enjoyed in the United Kingdom.

    Free Trade in a Free World

  • ArcelorMittal South Africa insists that the long-term preferential supply agreement was still valid, but said last month that it would need to hike prices by $80

    Mineweb - Daily news headlines

  • ArcelorMittal South Africa's chief executive said that while the company insists that the long-term preferential supply agreement with Kumba was still valid, it will need to hike prices as resolving the dispute may take "an extended period".

    Guardian Online

  • ArcelorMittal South Africa insists that the long-term preferential supply agreement was still valid, but said last month that it would need to hike prices by $80 (R595) a tonne in may to ease the impact of the dispute.

    IOL: News

  • The project also envisages the reconstruction of the Akhalkalaki-Tbilisi section, for which Azerbaijan has given a long-term preferential loan of $200 million.

    Armenianow

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