Meaning of “preferential” in the English Dictionary

"preferential" in British English

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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

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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

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preferentialadjective [ before noun ]

uk /ˌprefərˈenʃəl/ us

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)