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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. Support is provided for expense preference theory if the coefficient on the dummy variable is positive and significant.
Preferences among these options will vary depending on the goals of the preferrer. OMEGA does not suggest which goal is best but it shows clearly what price must be paid and why, if some financially suboptimal goal is chosen.