WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
pref•er•ence /ˈprɛfərəns/USA pronunciation n. 
  1. [uncountable] the act of preferring;
    the state of being preferred:showing preference in hiring practices.
  2. [countable] something preferred:My preference would be for a vegetarian meal.
  3. Government[uncountable] the favoring of one country over others in international trade.
See -fer-.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

preference /ˈprɛfərəns; ˈprɛfrəns/ n
  1. the act of preferring
  2. something or someone preferred
  3. the granting of favour or precedence to particular foreign countries, as by levying differential tariffs

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