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preferential

adjective [before noun] uk   /ˌpref.ərˈen.ʃəl/ us    /-əˈren-/
used to say that something you are given that is better than what other people receive: Inmates claimed that some prisoners had received preferential treatment. Single mothers have been given preferential access to council housing.
preferentially
adverb uk   /-i/ us  
Translations of “preferential”
in Chinese (Traditional) 優先的, 優待的,優惠的…
in Chinese (Simplified) 优先的, 优待的,优惠的…
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