Etymology
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preferential (adj.)

"characterized by or having preference," 1805, from Medieval Latin preferentia (from Latin praeferre; see prefer) + -al (1). Related: Preferentially.

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Definitions of preferential

preferential (adj.)
manifesting partiality;
a preferential shop gives priority or advantage to union members in hiring or promoting
preferential tariff rates
preferential treatment
Synonyms: discriminatory
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