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[pref-uh-ren-shuh l] /ˌprɛf əˈrɛn ʃəl/

of, relating to, or of the nature of :
preferential policies.
showing or giving :
a preferential hiring system.
receiving or enjoying , as a country in trade relations; favored.
showing or resulting from preference
giving, receiving, or originating from preference in international trade

1805, from Medieval Latin preferentia, from Latin praeferre (see prefer) + -al (1).


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