Definition of favouritism in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfeɪv(ə)rɪtɪz(ə)m/
(US favoritism)


[mass noun]
1The practice of giving unfair preferential treatment to one person or group at the expense of another: my parents would vehemently deny showing favouritism towards one child in particular
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  • Anything else would smack of favoritism and unfair treatment for a general officer.
  • Another industry practice that may need re-examination, the panelists said, is the role of favoritism and preferential treatment in the newsroom.
  • The effects of this phenomenon are compounded by the continued practice of favouritism in political appointments, promotions and other decisions.
partiality, partisanship, unfair preference, preferential treatment, special treatment, preference, favour, one-sidedness, prejudice, bias, inequality, unfairness, inequity, discrimination, positive discrimination, reverse discrimination;
nepotism, keeping it in the family, looking after one's own;
2The state or condition of being the competitor thought most likely to win a sporting contest: the horse shares favouritism with her French-trained rival at 6-1
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  • They shared favouritism at 2/1.
  • She completed the double in the seventh race where she shared favouritism at 6/4 with him.
  • In the fourth event they shared favouritism at 6/4 and they dominated this race from the outset.

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