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"preferential" in British English

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preferentialadjective [before noun]

uk   /ˌpref.ərˈen.ʃəl/  us   /-əˈren-/
used to say that something you are given that is ​better than what other ​peoplereceive: Inmates ​claimed that some ​prisoners had ​received preferential treatment. Single ​mothers have been given preferential ​access to ​councilhousing.
preferentially
adverb uk   us   /-i/
(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 ​apparentlyreceived 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   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 ​freemortgagevaluations and ​discounts on ​personalloans.
(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…
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