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, to give him his preference.
Leave the critics on either side to contend about the preference due to this or that sort of poetry. --Dryden.
Knowledge of things alone gives a value to our reasonings, and preference of one man's knowledge over another's. --Locke.
2. That which is preferred; the object of choice or superior favor; as, which is your preference?
n 1: a strong liking; "my own preference is for good literature";
"the Irish have a penchant for blarney" [syn: penchant,
2: a predisposition in favor of something; "a predilection for
expensive cars"; "his sexual preferences"; "showed a
Marxist orientation" [syn: predilection, orientation]
3: the right or chance to choose; "given my druthers, I'd eat
cake" [syn: druthers]
4: grant of favor or advantage to one over another (especially
to a country or countries in matters of international
trade, such as levying duties)