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pref·er·ence

preference

 
 
pronunciation:
pre f rns [or] pref rns
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a person or thing that is liked better.
Dan has a preference for action movies.
similar words:
choice, inclination, pick, pleasure, selection
definition 2: something good or helpful given to one over others.
She was given preference because she had waited longer.
synonyms:
advantage, favor
similar words:
head start
definition 3: the act of preferring or the state of being preferred.
He played basketball in preference to anything else.
synonyms:
inclination, liking
similar words:
fancy, like
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The word preference contains the following parts:
pre- Latin prefix that means before
synonyms:
pro-2, ante-
antonyms:
post-
 
fer, lat2, -late Latin root that means carry, bring
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See also -iferous and -fic
-ance, -ence, -ency, -ancy Latin noun-forming suffix that means state, quality, or act of
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The suffix group -ance , -ence , -ency , -ancy attaches to verbs and Latin verb stems to create nouns. The suffix -ance is usually attached to whole English words, whereas -ence is usually attached to roots: compare eloquence and acceptance . For most nouns ending in -ance , -ence , -ency , -ancy , there is a correponsponding adjective form ending in -ant, -ent.