pref·e·ren·tial /ˌpre-fə-'ren-chəl/ adj
1: of or constituting a preference
a preferential transfer
2: giving preference to union members esp. in hiring
a preferential shop
3: showing preference
these creditors may obtain preferential treatment

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I adjective advantageous, better, biased, choice, desired, discriminating, discriminative, distinguished, elite, exceptional, exclusive, extraordinary, favored, first-rate, high-grade, marked, outstanding, paramount, partial, partisan, preferred, priority, privileged, prize, recommended, select, selected, selective, special, superb, superior associated concepts: preferential treatment II index adoptive, preferred (favored)

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

Favoring one person or group over another.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

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