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preferential treatment for athletes
  showing favoritism
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preferential preferentially
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  • preferential treatment for athletes
  • a preferential trade agreement
  • I’m sure you guys have a feu’ years left of preferential treatment.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • Usually, she didn’t care-she thought a house that was lived in was preferential to one that was sterile-unless company was coming over; then pride kicked in.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes

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  • And now there was an example of an organism that destroyed them preferentially.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • What he meant was that priests had no preferential position in relation to God.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Lilly has decided to secretly videotape the Hos to gather evidence of their blatantly preferential treatment of Asian Americans.
    Meg Cabot  --  The Princess Diaries
  • He could tell that Malfoy had expected to be treated like Harry or Zabini; perhaps even hoped for some preferential treatment of the type he had learned to expect from Snape.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • It is often impossible to find out either party’s real wishes; with luck, they end by doing something that neither wants, while each feels a glow of self-righteousness and harbours a secret claim to preferential treatment for the unselfishness shown and a secret grudge against the other for the ease with which the sacrifice has been accepted.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • They declared that the church had a duty to provide "a preferential option for the poor."
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains

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  • Stoking long-standing disputes on the subject, there is news of late, starting with July’s decision by the California Board of Regents to end preferential admissions based on race and this fall’s demonstrations at the University of California at Berkeley and elsewhere by minority students.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • Often they would lay aside the tastiest morsels for the warders in exchange for favors or preferential treatment.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • The second man was accorded preferential treatment.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • I was myself so much more antecedently conscious of my figures than of their setting—a too preliminary, a preferential interest in which struck me as in general such a putting of the cart before the horse.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • The director said she never once mentioned Saunière to him, and he assumed it was because she probably didn’t want preferential treatment for having a famous grandfather.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Judson was not disposed to give any preferential treatment to the Amistads during the trial.
    Alexs Pate  --  Amistad
  • In addition, their families in Holland would get preferential treatment: extra rations, winter clothing, and coal, as well as half the workers’ wages.
    Mal Peet  --  Tamar
  • If Whitney couldn’t believe I’d be objective, if Simpson even got a whiff that I showed you any degree of preferential treatment, it would have been worse.
    J.D. Robb  --  Naked in Death
  • I was myself so much more antecedently conscious of my figures than of their setting—a too preliminary, a preferential interest in which struck me as in general such a putting of the cart before the horse.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • You pulse in data and let it establish its own preferential pathways, by means of the magnetic material’s becoming increasingly magnetized each time the current passes through it, thus cutting the resistance.
    Roger Zelazny  --  My Name is Legion
  • The central imperative of liberation theology—to provide a preferential option for the poor—seemed like a worthy life’s goal to him.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • Farmer liked to say that tuberculosis made its own preferential option for the poor.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • They hadn’t talked long before Jim declared that he wanted to make Farmer’s preferential option for the poor his own life’s work.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • He thought he saw a flicker of annoyance pass over McLaggen’s face and wondered whether McLaggen expected preferential treatment because they were both "old Sluggy’s" favorites.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • For telegraphic expression—"O for the P" instead of "a preferential option for the poor"—and action adventure movies and People magazine, which they called the Journal of Popular Studies, the jps.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • He embodied a preferential option for the poor.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • What else is a "preferential option for the poor" in medicine?
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • "But didn’t we always say that people who go into policy make a preferential option for their own ideas?
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
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