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English definition of “preferential”


adjective     /ˌprefərˈenʃəl/
preferential treatment If you are given preferential treatment, you are treated in a better way than other people: There were complaints that some guests had been given preferential treatment.Useful or advantageous
(Definition of preferential adjective from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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