from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The selecting of someone or something over another or others.
- n. The right or chance to so choose.
- n. Someone or something so chosen. See Synonyms at choice.
- n. The state of being preferred.
- n. Law A priority of payment given to one or more creditors by an insolvent debtor.
- n. Law The right of a creditor to priority of payment.
- n. The granting of precedence or advantage to one country or group of countries in levying duties or in other matters of international trade.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The selection of one thing or person over others.
- n. The option to so select, and the one selected.
- n. The state of being preferred over others.
- n. A strong liking or personal valuation.
- n. A preferential bias; partiality; discrimination.
- n. Preferans, a card game, principally played in Eastern Europe.
- v. To give preferential treatment to; to give a preference to.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- n. That which is preferred; the object of choice or superior favor; as, which is your preference?
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of preferring or choosing one thing rather than another, or the state of being preferred or chosen; estimation of one thing above another; choice.
- n. Specifically, in law, the payment or right to have payment of one debt or class of debtsmade by a debtor or out of his estate, in full, before any of the assets are applied to unpreferred debts: as, the debtor's assignment gave a preference to demands for borrowed money; the state has a preference for taxes.
- n. The object of choice; a person, thing, or course of action chosen preferably to others.
- n. In the game of boston, one of the two suits of the color of the card turned up, just after the first deal.
- n. A European game of cards, something like boston.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. grant of favor or advantage to one over another (especially to a country or countries in matters of international trade, such as levying duties)
- n. the right or chance to choose
- n. a strong liking
- n. a predisposition in favor of something
INSERT INTO tblPreferences (customerId, preference) VALUES (@customerID, @preference)
This decision of the judgment is what is usually meant by the use of the term preference, or choice.
Why, then, apply the term preference, or choice, to acts of the will?
However, my preference is the longer and more in depth writings instead of the journalism.
Maybe my preference is the result of Sharkboy and Lavagirl.
I agree also with Louis regarding Hilary's two choices althou my preference is the #2 jimmy velman
Continue to cook, stirring often, until asparagus reaches desired level of doneness - my preference is a shade past tender-crisp.
It happens that my Number One area preference is also on that line: Port Credit.
Now as you can see behind me, they're just about to break into what they call preference groups, and what happens is these groups physically walk from one side of the room -- some of them.
If you subscribe to the notion that "preference" is just a structured way of talking about action, then a person simply by definition cannot set aside his own preferences: whatever he does, he reveals that he prefers to do it.