preference
noun Etymology: Middle English preferraunce, from Middle French preferance, from Medieval Latin praeferentia, from Latin praeferent-, praeferens, present participle of praeferre Date: 15th century 1. a. the act of preferring ; the state of being preferred b. the power or opportunity of choosing 2. one that is preferred 3. the act, fact, or principle of giving advantages to some over others 4. priority in the right to demand and receive satisfaction of an obligation 5. orientation 2b <
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Synonyms: see choice

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  • préférence — [ preferɑ̃s ] n. f. • preferance v. 1458; de préférer 1 ♦ Jugement ou sentiment par lequel on place une personne, une chose au dessus des autres; jugement plus favorable. Les préférences de chacun. « Sur quelque préférence une estime se fonde »… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • preference — pref·er·ence / pre frəns, fə rəns/ n 1: the right to prior payment of a debt with preference over the creditors of the heirs or legatees Louisiana Civil Code 2: the transfer of an insolvent debtor s interest in property to a creditor for an… …   Law dictionary

  • Preference — (also called taste or penchant ) is a concept, used in the social sciences, particularly economics. It assumes a real or imagined choice between alternatives and the possibility of rank ordering of these alternatives, based on happiness,… …   Wikipedia

  • Preference — (fr., spr. Preferangs), Stichspiel, mit Deutscher Karte unter drei, gewöhnlich aber unter vier Personen, so daß der Geber beim Spiele nicht betheiligt ist, gespielt. Der Geber läßt zur rechten Hand abheben, legt die zwei obersten Blätter (Talon)… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Preference — Préférence Voir « préférence » sur le Wiktionnaire …   Wikipédia en Français

  • preference — Preference. s. f. Choix que l on fait d une personne, d une chose plustost que d une autre. Preference certaine, incontestable. juste preference. demander, avoir, obtenir la preference. disputer, emporter la preference. donner la preference.… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Preference — Pref er*ence, n. [Cf. F. pr[ e]f[ e]rence.] 1. The act of Preferring, or the state of being preferred; the setting of one thing before another; precedence; higher estimation; predilection; choice; also, the power or opportunity of choosing; as,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • preference — a payment by a debtor made during a specified period (90 days or one year) prior to the filing that favors one creditor over others. Preference payments can usually be recovered and returned to the debtor s estate (Glossary of Common Bankruptcy… …   Glossary of Bankruptcy

  • preference — [n1] first choice alternative, choice, cup of tea*, desire, druthers*, election, favorite, flash*, groove, inclination, option, partiality, pick, predilection, prepossession, propensity, say, say so*, selection, top, weakness; concepts 20,529,709 …   New thesaurus

  • preference — [pref′ər əns] n. [MFr préférence < ML praeferentia < L praeferens, prp. of praeferre, to PREFER] 1. a preferring or being preferred; greater liking 2. the right, power, or opportunity of prior choice or claim 3. something preferred; one s… …   English World dictionary

  • Préférence — (franz., spr. āngß , »Vorzug«), Kartenspiel zwischen drei Personen, das mit der deutschen Karte gespielt wird, und in dem die Mehrheit der Stiche den Gewinn entscheidet. Es hat seinen Namen von dem Vorzug, der darin einer Farbe vor der andern… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

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