• WordNet 3.6
    • n preference 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 preference the right or chance to choose "given my druthers, I'd eat cake"
    • n preference a predisposition in favor of something "a predilection for expensive cars","his sexual preferences","showed a Marxist orientation"
    • n preference a strong liking "my own preference is for good literature","the Irish have a penchant for blarney"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: People living on the east coast prefer creamy peanut butter, while people living on the west coast prefer chunky peanut butter
    • Preference That which is preferred; the object of choice or superior favor; as, which is your preference?
    • Preference 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.""Knowledge of things alone gives a value to our reasonings, and preference of one man's knowledge over another's."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Anteaters prefer termites to ants.
    • n preference 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 preference 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 preference The object of choice; a person, thing, or course of action chosen preferably to others.
    • n preference In the game of boston, one of the two suits of the color of the card turned up, just after the first deal. The suit turned up is the first preference, and the other of the same color the second preference. These suits are more properly called belle and petite; but they are called preference because, of two players making equal offers, that one has the first preference who offers in belle, and that one the second preference who offers in petite.
    • n preference A European game of cards, something like boston.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Worn or outdated US Flags are destroyed, preferably by burning.
    • n Preference the act of preferring: estimation above another: the state of being preferred: that which is preferred: choice
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  • Thomas Jefferson
    “Ignorance is preferable to error; and he is less remote from the truth who believes nothing, than he who believes what is wrong.”
  • Marcus Valerius Martial
    “Be content to be what you are, and prefer nothing to it, and do not fear or wish for your last day.”
  • Marquis De Sade
    “No lover, if he be of good faith, and sincere, will deny he would prefer to see his mistress dead than unfaithful.”
  • Socrates
    “Nothing is to be preferred before justice.”
  • Johann G. Seume
    Johann G. Seume
    “People should always have something which they prefer to life.”
  • William Penn
    “In marriage do thou be wise; prefer the person before money; virtue before beauty; the mind before the body.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. préférence,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. préférer—L. præferrepræ, before, ferre, to bear.


In literature:

If the other method is preferred, cook the rhubarb with the water until it is soft and then add the sugar.
"Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 5" by Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
I prefer a mixture of milk and water to set sponge.
"Mary at the Farm and Book of Recipes Compiled during Her Visit among the "Pennsylvania Germans"" by Edith M. Thomas
These he repaid with political preferments.
"Sketches of the Covenanters" by J. C. McFeeters
It became a lifelong practice, and the preferred method of sexual gratification.
"Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 2 (of 6)" by Havelock Ellis
For this reason also I prefer a very high-heeled slipper.
"Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 5 (of 6)" by Havelock Ellis
Individual jar holders are very convenient and are preferred by many women to the racks.
"Every Step in Canning" by Grace Viall Gray
He was at liberty to return to Europe, but preferred remaining.
"Overland through Asia; Pictures of Siberian, Chinese, and Tartar Life" by Thomas Wallace Knox
Celery salt most persons like extremely; others would prefer a little marjoram or thyme; others again mace and a bit of onion.
"The Whitehouse Cookbook (1887)" by Mrs. F.L. Gillette
It ought to go by auction, and it might; only private contract's preferred.
"The Divine Fire" by May Sinclair
Most people prefer to leave their cards without asking to be received.
"Etiquette" by Emily Post
Electorates to be grouped so as to contain at least three seats, and preferably not less than five seats nor more than twenty seats.
"Proportional Representation Applied To Party Government" by T. R. Ashworth and H. P. C. Ashworth
The city of Utrecht preferred a compromise to the risk of war.
"Charles the Bold" by Ruth Putnam
There are hundreds of men who, in hot weather, would positively prefer a well-cooked vegetable fritter to meat, but yet they rarely get it at home.
"Cassell's Vegetarian Cookery" by A. G. Payne
She understood at once why Wilbur had chosen her in preference to any one of his own circle.
"Unleavened Bread" by Robert Grant
With no regular income, Mozart was compelled to write operas in order to live, but his preference was for sacred music.
"Beethoven" by George Alexander Fischer
A hole at the top is generally preferred, as it is inaccessible to vermin.
"Poultry" by Hugh Piper
But naturalization is not forced upon you if you prefer to be an alien.
"The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 6 (of 12) Dresden Edition--Discussions" by Robert G. Ingersoll
Since hanging has got to be a means of grace, I would prefer hell.
"The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 8 (of 12) Dresden Edition--Interviews" by Robert G. Ingersoll
Certain it is that men do not prefer unhappiness to joy.
"The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 11 (of 12) Dresden Edition--Miscellany" by Robert G. Ingersoll
I regretted that I was not a musician; I had given painting the preference.
"Le Cocu (Novels of Paul de Kock Volume XVIII)" by Charles Paul de Kock

In poetry:

'But the girl, like a bird in the bower,
Awaken'd my hope and my pride;
She won on my heart ev'ry hour,
And I could not the preference hide.
"The Old Fisherman" by Matilda Betham
And ravish'd was that constant heart,
She did to every heart prefer;
For though it could its king forget,
'Twas true and loyal still to her.
"Jemmy Dawson" by William Shenstone
True friendship is of greater worth
Than words, though they were solid gold.
To all the glittering gems of earth
I it prefer, a thousandfold.
"Friendship" by Joseph Horatio Chant
To thee;—and, since thou dost prefer,
Before all temples, hearts sincere,
We pray that many a worshipper
May kneel and find acceptance here.
"Hymns For Dedication IX" by John Pierpont
Why does my Love this walk prefer;
This hill, so near the public way?
Why is this prospect dear to her?
Where Villas proud their pomp display?
"Love's Triumph" by Nathaniel Bloomfield
In grief's deep solitude, we turn
To Thee our God! and thence prefer
The prayers of those who, doomed to mourn,
Seek comfort from the Comforter.
"Loss of Friends" by John Bowring

In news:

Studio Impact has become the new hot spot for cool entertainment in Cleveland for college students, adults and youths who prefer a faith-based atmosphere.
Preferences, Satisfaction and Agency Selection (& Appendix : 2009 Contingent Worker Survey).
Walmart, Argus Health Systems, preferred Rx network, preferred pharmacy network, Jonathan Boehm, prescription benefit, Medicare, Medicaid, open network, preferred network.
If you prefer, replace the mint with cilantro or parsley.
"You are what you eat" goes the old adage—but here at Shop Around we prefer to think you are what you wear.
Preference of company or product.
It does not tell us anything new, but it rubs our noses in facts which we would prefer to forget.
"Rather than authoritarianism , I prefer to say authority," he said.
Although I prefer to spell it "moustache" spell check has a different plan.
Why do we prefer some musical chords over others.
Would you prefer Rick Santorum or Mitt Romney to run against Obama.
Perhaps Tom Ford is a control freak , but he'd prefer not to be called one.
Ariba's Procure-To-Pay will be adopted by Corinthian to manage employee-made purchases from preferred vendors at special, contract pricing through a catalog system at any of Corinthian 's 122 physical locations.
The preferred candidate will make an album with a top producer and will go on tour.
Preferring to drag race instead of hugging corners, Bill may have found a new form of truck-tainment in road racing.

In science:

Recently, Aligon et al ( based on and ) propose an approach which extract preferences from MDX query log by using datamining techniques. Thus, extracted preferences (in form of association rules) serve to annotate MDX queries in order to improve proactivness.
User Profile-Driven Data Warehouse Summary for Adaptive OLAP Queries
Preferences are usually considered as expressions which enable to order elements of the information [5, 6, 36, 20] and most often, user profile is reduced to user preferences.
User Profile-Driven Data Warehouse Summary for Adaptive OLAP Queries
Definition 1. User Preference on Dimension. Given a dimension schema D (A1,A2,…Ad), a preference p on Dimension D is a triple (Pred, operartor, value), where Pred is a predicate of the form Dimension.attribute (Di.
User Profile-Driven Data Warehouse Summary for Adaptive OLAP Queries
There may be more than one preference applicable to a specific dimension D. In other words, a tuple t may satisfy the predicate part Pred of more than one of the preferences specified for a dimension D.
User Profile-Driven Data Warehouse Summary for Adaptive OLAP Queries
Marginalising over the late time effects, they found the preferred value of Neff to be consistent with three, and consequently suggested that the preference for high values of Neff does not relate to changed expansion in the early Universe, but rather to our understanding and modelling of late time effects.
What is half a neutrino? Reviewing cosmological constraints on neutrinos and dark radiation
It is concerning that the preference for Neff > 3 is present in all analyses including CMB, but not preferred by nucleosynthesis alone.
What is half a neutrino? Reviewing cosmological constraints on neutrinos and dark radiation
If Γ is a normal subgroup of G, any preferred deformation of H(G) gives a preferred deformation of H(G/Γ) (and the same with H (G)): we can define quotient deformations, a useful notion e.g. to pass from SU (2) to SO(3), etc.
Topological Quantum Groups, Star Products and their relations
When we apply this to G = SU (n), SO(n) or S p(n) we recover the [FRT] quantizations of these groups as preferred Hopf deformations of H(G) that extend to preferred Hopf deformations of C∞ (G). d.
Topological Quantum Groups, Star Products and their relations
Nordtvedt (1987) also considered preferred location effects as distinct from the above preferred frame effects.
Tests of Relativistic Gravity using Millisecond Pulsars
SUSY value above 1 TeV is seemingly preferred although other subtle issues could alter this preference .
A Simplified Summary of Supersymmetry
In the post-Newtonian limit, preferred-frame effects are governed by the values of the PPN parameters α1 , α2 , and α3 , and some preferred-location effects are governed by ξ (see Table 2).
The Confrontation between General Relativity and Experiment: A 1998 Update
If it is at the top of the right-hand room, then the agent should prefer to exit via the upper door, whereas if it is at the bottom of the right-hand room, the agent should prefer to exit by the lower door.
Hierarchical Reinforcement Learning with the MAXQ Value Function Decomposition
Although the A0, b FB measurements prefer a high Higgs mass, the Standard Model fit to the full set of measurements prefers a low Higgs mass, for example because of the influence of Aℓ .
A Combination of Preliminary Electroweak Measurements and Constraints on the Standard Model
Therefore, the current results indicate a quite tantalizing 3σ discrepancy if one prefers the e+e− data, or a not-so-tantalizing 1.6σ discrepancy if one prefers the τ decay data.
Super-conservative interpretation of muon g-2 results applied to supersymmetry
The only exceptions are the dipole (ℓ = 1), which selects one preferred direction; and the quadrupole, which selects a preferred orthonormal frame (see also for an interpretation of the dipole and quadrupole vectors).
Harmonic projection and multipole Vectors