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adjective as in favored

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The division’s staffers are supposed to adhere to a strict ethics code and forgo any public partisan activities because such actions could imply preferential treatment for a candidate or party and jeopardize the commission’s credibility.

It offered legacy admissions in the form of preferential or priority status to descendants of the sold slaves and, in 2019, promised to raise $400,000 per year for their benefit.

From Ozy

Instead, it placed quotas on immigrants from the Western Hemisphere and instituted a preferential system that prioritized immigrants of the professional class and those with specialized skills.

From Eater

There are complaints of preferential treatment of major arts groups — including Arena Stage, Studio Theatre and the National Building Museum — at the expense of smaller groups and organizations of color.

They’ve extended that to say everyone who we work with that is like us will get preferential treatment.

From Digiday

Hall even made it clear that his problem is less with the preferential admissions, but with the lack of transparency.

Either way, part of the tragedy and poignancy of polio is its preferential spread to babies and toddlers.

The preferential ballot will definitely favor Gravity, which I felt was a superior film anyway.

“Crony capitalism,” for example, typically refers to preferential relationships between politicians and business interests.

Jews enjoy preferential access to land ownership throughout most of the country.

In 1894 a second Conference was held at Ottawa, mainly to discuss intercolonial preferential trade.

The other Premiers agreed to consider whether Canada's preferential tariff policy could be followed.

This is the weak point in Preferential Voting; any small section can ensure the rejection of a general favourite.

As for the idea of the preferential Union shop, it had undoubtedly been gaining ground.

They almost mobbed the East Side leaders, with their voluble questioning about the preferential Union shop.


On this page you'll find 10 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to preferential, such as: advantageous, preferred, favorite, and special.

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