Meaning of preferential

pref•er•en•tial

Pronunciation: (pref"u-ren'shul), [key]
— adj.
  1. of, pertaining to, or of the nature of preference: preferential policies.
  2. showing or giving preference: a preferential hiring system.
  3. receiving or enjoying preference, as a country in trade relations; favored.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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