preferment
noun Date: 15th century 1. a. advancement or promotion in dignity, office, or station b. a position or office of honor or profit 2. priority or seniority in right especially to receive payment or to purchase property on equal terms with others 3. the act of bringing forward (as charges)

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  • preferment — pre·fer·ment /pri fər mənt/ n 1: advancement or promotion in office or station 2: the act of preferring (as charges) without preferment of allegations Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • preferment — pre‧fer‧ment [prɪˈfɜːmənt ǁ ɜːr ] noun [uncountable] formal when someone is given a more important job: • He is hoping for political preferment. * * * preferment UK US /prɪˈfɜːmənt/ noun [U] HR ► the process by which someone receives a more… …   Financial and business terms

  • Preferment — Pre*fer ment, n. 1. The act of choosing, or the state of being chosen; preference. [R.] [1913 Webster] Natural preferment of the one . . . before the other. Sir T. Browne. [1913 Webster] 2. The act of preferring, or advancing in dignity or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • preferment — mid 15c., from PREFER (Cf. prefer) + MENT (Cf. ment) …   Etymology dictionary

  • preferment — *advancement, promotion, elevation Analogous words: advance, progress (see under ADVANCE vb 2): rising or rise, ascending or ascent (see corresponding verbs at RISE) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • preferment — ► NOUN ▪ promotion or appointment to a position or office …   English terms dictionary

  • preferment — [prē fʉr′mənt, prifʉr′mənt] n. 1. the act of preferring 2. an advancement in rank or office; promotion 3. an office, rank, or honor to which a person is advanced …   English World dictionary

  • preferment — [[t]prɪfɜ͟ː(r)mənt[/t]] preferments N VAR Preferment is the act of being given a better and more important job in an organization. [FORMAL] He was told by the governors that he could expect no further preferment. Syn: advancement, promotion …   English dictionary

  • preferment — /pri ferr meuhnt/, n. 1. the act of preferring. 2. the state of being preferred. 3. advancement or promotion, esp. in the church. 4. a position or office affording social or pecuniary advancement. [1425 75; late ME; see PREFER, MENT] * * * …   Universalium

  • preferment — noun a) advancement to a higher position or office; promotion b) a position that provides profit or prestige …   Wiktionary

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