Definition of preferential adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌprefəˈrenʃl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌprefəˈrenʃl//
[only before noun]
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giving an advantage to a particular person or group Don't expect to get preferential treatment. Bank employees usually get preferential rates of interest. Word Originmid 19th cent.: from preference, on the pattern of differential.
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