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preferences - senses [edit]

Rfv-senses: pluralia tantum that which one chooses over something else and computing}user-specified settings of parameters in a computer program

I don't see how def is p.t. and why the second is listed as a plural, or why it is deemed a "computing-specific" sense. But I could be wrong. DCDuring TALK 18:12, 8 August 2008 (UTC)

Seems to have been sorted. - [The]DaveRoss 00:38, 2 February 2010 (UTC)

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Sense: (computing) The user-specified settings of parameters in interactive computer software.

This looks like the plural of preference. DCDuring TALK 18:35, 23 July 2012 (UTC)
This should not be listed separately under the plural, though we might need a new sense at singular preference to indicate a computer program setting. Equinox 20:38, 23 July 2012 (UTC)

Keep --Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 20:39, 15 August 2012 (UTC)

Any particular reason? Can it be show that this usage is plural only as much as sneakers is? Facts are permitted in discussions despite the recent practice of closing discussions that have had no facts and little discussion. DCDuring TALK 20:52, 15 August 2012 (UTC)
  • Delete and explain it at the singular. — TAKASUGI Shinji (talk) 05:52, 20 September 2012 (UTC)
Keep. Computing meaning is not generally singular. DAVilla 14:36, 2 December 2012 (UTC)

Of course the computing meaning occurs in singular. A simple Google Books search would have unveiled that fact in ten seconds:

Although you can access most system- and application-specific settings via System Preferences or application preference dialogs, respectively, there are often other settings or options available in the OS or in a particular application for which there's no interface provided. [1]

On that basis, delete. -- Liliana 22:35, 6 May 2013 (UTC)


Yes delete sense. It is no different from any other sense. SpinningSpark 13:13, 18 June 2013 (UTC)
  • Keep, as the singular "preference" does not capture the always plural sense of a group of settings. bd2412 T 17:55, 21 June 2013 (UTC)
    Kept. No consensus.--Jusjih (talk) 22:38, 1 July 2013 (UTC)