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tr.v. pre·ferred, pre·fer·ring, pre·fers
1. To choose or be in the habit of choosing as more desirable or as having more value: prefers coffee to tea.
2. Law
a. To give priority or precedence to (a creditor).
b. To present (a charge) against a defendant before a court: prefer an indictment.
c. To present (a case) to a court as ready for consideration: prefer the case for trial.
3. Archaic To recommend for advancement or appointment; promote.

[Middle English preferren, from Old French preferer, from Latin praeferre : prae-, pre- + ferre, to carry; see bher- in Indo-European roots.]

pre·fer′rer n.
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Some who advocate a preference-based account of well-being go further, arguing that the preferrer must meet various additional laundering conditions, such as being well-informed, calm and deliberative.
Most of these studies (Awh and Primeaux 1985; Blair and Placone 1988; Edwards 1977; Hannan and Mavigna 1980) estimate individual input demand functions, expenditure equations or expenditure share equations for the input assumed to be preferred, to which they add a dummy variable that indicates whether the firm is assumed to be an expense preferrer.
Preferences among these options will vary depending on the goals of the preferrer.