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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Preference  \Pref"er*ence\,  n.  [Cf.  F.  pr['e]f['e]rence.] 
  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 
  Leave  the  critics  on  either  side  to  contend  about 
  the  preference  due  to  this  or  that  sort  of  poetry. 
  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? 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  a  strong  liking;  "my  own  preference  is  for  good  literature"; 
  "the  Irish  have  a  penchant  for  blarney";  "martinis  are 
  an  acquired  taste"  [syn:  {penchant},  {predilection},  {taste}] 
  2:  a  predisposition  in  favor  of  something  [syn:  {predilection}] 
  3:  the  right  or  chance  to  choose:  "given  my  druthers,  I'd  eat 
  cake"  [syn:  {druthers}] 
  4:  grant  of  favor  or  advantage  to  one  over  another  (esp  to  a 
  country  or  countries  in  matters  of  international  trade 
  such  as  levying  duties) 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
  PREFERENCE,  n.  A  sentiment,  or  frame  of  mind,  induced  by  the 
  erroneous  belief  that  one  thing  is  better  than  another. 
  An  ancient  philosopher,  expounding  his  conviction  that  life  is  no 
  better  than  death,  was  asked  by  a  disciple  why,  then,  he  did  not  die. 
  "Because,"  he  replied,  "death  is  no  better  than  life." 
  It  is  longer. 

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