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in preference to (someone or something)

Rather than; desiring one person or thing over another. We've decided to go with a local lender in preference to an offshores entity. They're hiring Daniel in preference to Samantha because of the additional experience he has in the field.
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in preference to somebody/something

rather than somebody/something: She was chosen in preference to her sister.
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Meanwhile, Birmingham midfielder Barry Ferguson (ankle) is on course to be fit for Wigan's visit to St Andrew's, while Blues boss Alex McLeish has to decide whether to give another run-out up front to James McFadden in preference to Christian Benitez.
If the strategic plan overemphasizes one element of academic operation in preference to the others, acceptance and interest become serious problems.