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Preference vs. Priority

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Preferencenoun

The selection of one thing or person over others (with the main adposition being "for" in relation to the thing or person, but possibly also "of")

‘He has a preference for crisp wines.’;

Prioritynoun

An item's relative importance.

‘He set his e-mail message's priority to high.’;

Preferencenoun

The option to so select, and the one selected.

‘Can I keep my preferences when I upgrade to the new version of this application?’;

Prioritynoun

A goal of a person or an organisation.

‘She needs to get her priorities straight and stop playing games.’;

Preferencenoun

The state of being preferred over others.

Prioritynoun

The quality of being earlier or coming first compared to another thing; the state of being prior.

‘In bankruptcy law, a business' debt to its employees has priority over its debt to a landlord, so the employees must be paid first.’;

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Preferencenoun

A strong liking or personal valuation.

Prioritynoun

A superior claim to use by virtue of being validly published at an earlier date.

Preferencenoun

A preferential bias; partiality; discrimination.

Prioritynoun

(obsolete) Precedence; superior rank.

Preferenceverb

(US) To give preferential treatment to; to give a preference to.

Prioritynoun

The quality or state of being prior or antecedent in time, or of preceding something else; as, priority of application.

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Preferencenoun

The act of Preferring, or the state of being preferred; the setting of one thing before another; precedence; higher estimation; predilection; choice; also, the power or opportunity of choosing; as, to give him his preference.

‘Leave the critics on either side to contend about the preference due to this or that sort of poetry.’; ‘Knowledge of things alone gives a value to our reasonings, and preference of one man's knowledge over another's.’;

Prioritynoun

Precedence; superior rank.

Preferencenoun

That which is preferred; the object of choice or superior favor; as, which is your preference?

Prioritynoun

status established in order of importance or urgency;

‘...its precedence as the world's leading manufacturer of pharmaceuticals’; ‘national independence takes priority over class struggle’;

Preferencenoun

a strong liking;

‘my own preference is for good literature’; ‘the Irish have a penchant for blarney’;

Prioritynoun

preceding in time

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Preferencenoun

a predisposition in favor of something;

‘a predilection for expensive cars’; ‘his sexual preferences’; ‘showed a Marxist orientation’;

Preferencenoun

the right or chance to choose;

‘given my druthers, I'd eat cake’;

Preferencenoun

grant of favor or advantage to one over another (especially to a country or countries in matters of international trade, such as levying duties)

Preference

In psychology, economics and philosophy, preference is a technical term usually used in relation to choosing between alternatives. For example, someone prefers A over B if they would rather choose A than B. Preferences are central to decision theory because of this relation to behavior.

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