- 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." [Dryden.]"Knowledge of things alone gives a value to our reasonings, and preference of one man's knowledge over another's." [Locke.]
- That which is preferred; the object of choice or superior favor; as, which is your preference?
Etymology: Cf. F. préférence