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Noun preference has 4 senses
  1. preference, penchant, predilection, taste - a strong liking; "my own preference is for good literature"; "the Irish have a penchant for blarney"
    --1 is a kind of liking
    --1 has particulars: acquired taste; weakness
    Derived form: verb prefer1
  2. predilection, preference, orientation - a predisposition in favor of something; "a predilection for expensive cars"; "his sexual preferences"; "showed a Marxist orientation"
    --2 is a kind of predisposition
    Derived form: verb prefer2
  3. preference, druthers - the right or chance to choose; "given my druthers, I'd eat cake"
    --3 is a kind of option, alternative, choice
    --3 has particulars: wish
  4. preference - grant of favor or advantage to one over another (especially to a country or countries in matters of international trade, such as levying duties)
    --4 is a kind of
    advantage, vantage
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