If you have a strong liking for something, you have a preference for it. You might have a preference for apples, but there are some days when you're stuck eating a banana instead.

If you grant favors to one person over another, then you are showing a preference or bias. The United States often gives preference to traditional allies like Britain or Canada. In your science class, it's clear that the professor has a preference for certain students and calls on them more often. Preference also refers to a choice or the right to choose — your friend might have a strong preference for which movie you'll see tonight.

Definitions of preference

n the right or chance to choose

the particular preference that you have
Type of:
alternative, choice, option
one of a number of things from which only one can be chosen

n a predisposition in favor of something

“his sexual preferences
orientation, predilection
Type of:
an inclination beforehand to interpret statements in a particular way

n a strong liking

“my own preference is for good literature”
penchant, predilection, taste
acquired taste
a preference that is only acquired after considerable experience
a penchant for something even though it might not be good for you
Type of:
a feeling of pleasure and enjoyment

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

Type of:
advantage, vantage
the quality of having a superior or more favorable position

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