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1. Of, relating to, or giving advantage or preference: preferential treatment.
2. Manifesting or originating from partiality or preference: preferential tariff rates.

pref′er·en′tial·ism n.
pref′er·en′tial·ist n.
pref′er·en′tial·ly adv.


(Economics) old-fashioned someone who believes in preferentialism
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However, this view of the value of health is in line with hedonist and preferentialist accounts of welfare.
48) To anticipate that discussion: although an experientialist conception of "self-interested" has some plausibility, I believe that the preferentialist should reject it.
Consequently, he wants to focus attention on the preferentialist nature of government interference with markets.
Two basic views of welfare are defended within the philosophical literature: preferentialist and substantive.
As already explained in Part I, two widely accepted classes of well-being accounts--preferentialism (with the special exception of a preferentialist view that embraces an experientialist conception of "self-interested" (144)) and the objective-good approach--reject the experientialism requirement.
Moreover, the authors use the responses to establishment and free-exercise clause issues to present a typology of four possible church-state positions: religious nonpreferentialists, Christian preferentialists, religious minimalists, and religious free-marketeers.