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
  1. noun
    the right or chance to choose
    synonyms: druthers
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    the particular preference that you have
    type of:
    alternative, choice, option
    one of a number of things from which only one can be chosen
  2. noun
    a predisposition in favor of something
    synonyms: orientation, predilection
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    type of:
    an inclination beforehand to interpret statements in a particular way
  3. noun
    a strong liking
    “my own preference is for good literature”
    synonyms: penchant, predilection, taste
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    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
  4. noun
    grant of favor or advantage to one over another (especially to a country or countries in matters of international trade, such as levying duties)
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    type of:
    advantage, vantage
    the quality of having a superior or more favorable position
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