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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Pref"er*ence
  1. 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.]
  2. That which is preferred; the object of choice or superior favor; as, which is your preference?

Etymology: Cf. F. préférence

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Grant of favor or advantage to one over another (especially to a country or countries in matters of international trade, such as levying duties)
  2. The right or chance to choose
  3. A predisposition in favor of something ("his sexual preferences")
  4. A strong liking ("my own preference is for good literature")

From Middle French preference, from Medieval Latin preferentia

  1. The selection of one thing or person over others (with the main adposition being "for" in relation to the thing or person, but possibly also "of")
    He has a for crisp wines.
  2. The option to so select, and the one selected.
    Can I keep my when I upgrade to the new version of this application?
  3. The state of being preferred over others.
  4. A strong liking or personal valuation.
  5. A preferential bias; partiality; discrimination.

    preference was also found in the following language(s): Czech and Middle French

    Fun Facts about the name Preference

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    Past life for Preference born Nov 24, 2010

    I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Scotland approximately on 1525. Your profession was seaman, dealer, businessman, and broker.

    Your psychological profile shows you had a natural talent of psychologist and knew how to use the opportunities. Cold-blooded and calm in any situation. The timid, lonely and self-confident people are everywhere, and your problem - to overcome these tendencies in yourself and then to help other people.

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
    • Wiktionary: Titles and License.