Definition of preferential in English:

preferential

Line breaks: pref¦er¦en|tial
Pronunciation: /ˌprɛfəˈrɛnʃ(ə)l
 
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adjective

1Of or involving preference or partiality; constituting a favour or privilege: preferential interest rates may be offered to employees preferential trade terms
More example sentences
  • It indicates a biased approach and preferential treatment in favour of individuals and groups.
  • ‘I want to emphasise that I'm not trying to use parliamentary privilege to get preferential treatment or investigation of my specific case,’ he said.
  • The targets, revealed this weekend, are a response to the government drive to counter what it sees as the preferential treatment of ‘privileged’ public school pupils.
Synonyms
special, better, privileged, superior, favoured, advantageous, favourable; partial, discriminatory, partisan, biased
1.1(Of voting or an election) in which the voter puts candidates in order of preference.
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  • The preferential vote has allowed the Town Party to become a niche party.
  • This is done so that parties can ‘direct’ their preferential votes.
  • Given a choice with optional preferential voting, voters expressed a primary vote intention, but then did not give preferences.
1.2(Of a creditor) having a claim on the receipt of payment from a debtor which will be met before those of other creditors.
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  • It showed that the assets were sufficient to cover the amount of the debts assigned to the firm and all the potential claims of the preferential creditors.
  • It will amend the Companies Act to make redundancy payments a preferential claim when a company goes into liquidation or receivership.
  • However, the meeting may approve such a proposal or modification with the concurrence of the preferential creditor concerned.

Origin

mid 19th century: from preference, on the pattern of differential.

Derivatives

preferentially

adverb
More example sentences
  • Inter-racial tension is inevitable because races represent extended family groups and we have evolved to treat kin preferentially.
  • These calories will be preferentially used for energy, sparing the protein you've eaten for muscle building.
  • Secondly, herbivores preferentially select nutrient-rich tissues, further enhancing nutrient transfer to soils.

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