preferential Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “preferential” in the English Dictionary

"preferential" in British English

See all translations

preferentialadjective [before noun]

uk   /ˌpref.ərˈen.ʃəl/  us   /ˌpref.ərˈen.ʃəl/
(Definition of preferential from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"preferential" in American English

See all translations

preferentialadjective

 us   /ˌpref·əˈren·tʃəl/
better than that given to others: Some prisoners had apparently received preferential treatment.
(Definition of preferential from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"preferential" in Business English

See all translations

preferentialadjective [before noun]

uk   us   /ˌprefərˈenʃəl/
better than that which is given to others: It is not acceptable, in a modern company, to give preferential treatment to your relatives and friends. Bananas from Caribbean countries have traditionally enjoyed preferential access to the EU.preferential rates/terms/arrangements Members can get preferential terms on services such as free mortgage valuations and discounts on personal loans.
(Definition of preferential from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “preferential”
in Chinese (Simplified) 优先的, 优待的,优惠的…
in Chinese (Traditional) 優先的, 優待的,優惠的…
What is the pronunciation of preferential?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“preferential” in British English

A blazing row: words and phrases for arguing and arguments
A blazing row: words and phrases for arguing and arguments
by ,
May 04, 2016
by Kate Woodford We can’t always focus on the positive! This week, we’re looking at the language that is used to refer to arguing and arguments, and the differences in meaning between the various words and phrases. There are several words that suggest that people are arguing about something that is not important. (As you might

Read More 

Word of the Day

spaceship

(especially in stories) a vehicle used for travel in space

Word of the Day

trigger warning noun
trigger warning noun
May 02, 2016
a warning that a subject may trigger unpleasant emotions or memories This is not, I should stress, an argument that trigger warnings should become commonplace on campus.

Read More