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  • v. Present participle of prefer.


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  • This is why Darwin resisted the use the term preferring the word “transmutation” which I think came originally from Lamarck whose scheme was also progressive but involved environmental mechanisms as well as God-given drives to complexity and spontaneous generation.

    The Politically Incorrect Guide to Darwinism and Intelligent Design Review: Why Should Words Have Meanings? (Chapter 1) - The Panda's Thumb

  • This idea of evolution was toally alien to Darwin and he refused to use the term preferring “descent with modification” which implied no direction. bystander

    Special Magazine Issues on Darwin, Evolution, ID Creationism - The Panda's Thumb

  • Mr. Isherwood however, in preferring to use his coveted editorial pulpit for snarky, unfunny asides -- "I invited a Beatles devotee to join me, but she reacted as if I'd asked her to come along to two weeks of jury duty" -- casually damns Rain with faint, and mostly fudged, praise.

    James Rotondi: "Rain" On Their Parade: Why the NY Times review of "Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles On Broadway" is All Wet

  • Perhaps, indeed, this is why the Christians follow the Jews in preferring to avoid the name at all, preferring to simply call him Lord.


  • The first and lowest were the Dicteriads, so called from Diete (Crete), who imitated Pasiphaë, wife of Minos, in preferring a bull to a husband; above them was the middle class, the Aleutridæ, who were the Almahs or professional musicians, and the aristocracy was represented by the Hetairai, whose wit and learning enabled them to adorn more than one page of Grecian history.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • What gives the sign its linguistic value is the system of differences, on the one hand between signifiers, on the other be - tween signifieds (or significata, some writers in English preferring “significatum” to “signified” as a noun).


  • Undue delay in preferring or prosecuting charges should be investigated with a view to prompt disposition of the case or, when appropriate, the release of the accused from arrest or confinement by competent authority.


  • Although charges should be preferred promptly (25; Arts. 10, 30b, 33), the accused is not automatically released from restraint because of any delay in preferring the charges.


  • But the fact which is one of solid satisfaction is that the Turkish Government, the Turkish nation are one in preferring (if they can) to come in with the struggle of the British peoples.

    The Empire at War in the Moslem Mediterranean

  • In the camp of ancient Israel, Reuben and Gad were pre-eminently pastoral; and as these two tribes, being placed under the same standard, had frequent opportunities of conversing and arranging about their common concerns, they united in preferring a request that the trans-jordanic region, so well suited to the habits of a pastoral people, might be assigned to them.

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible


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