Should be synonymous with "not like it as much."


Do you prefer my alternative or ______ it?

  • Would you prefer my alternative or not? – user121863 Dec 29 '17 at 22:39
  • @user159691 I'd like it to be an option of "no your alternative is worse" rather than "not prefer" – theonlygusti Dec 29 '17 at 22:41
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    If only it were postfer. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Dec 29 '17 at 23:21
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    I would come up with "reject" or "discard". – Centaurus Dec 29 '17 at 23:32
  • Would you prefer my alternative or do you dislike it? – Livrecache Dec 29 '17 at 23:35

Consider disdain as the 'opposite' of prefer:

disdain verb Consider to be unworthy of one's consideration. ‘By 1980, major record companies disdained the music, preferring the slicker stylings of the new wave.’ - ODO

Note the contrast between disdain and prefer in the selected example above. Disdain is arguably stronger as a negative term than prefer as a positive term, but it's also weaker than discard. It parallels prefer as a description of someone's attitude, as opposed to their action.

Your example sentence would be:

  • Would you prefer my alternative or disdain it?

Note, however, that "Would you prefer X?" is often taken to contrast X with some sort of an equivalent for X. In that sense, the contrast isn't between a positive and a negative opinion about X. I think this arises from the nature of the word prefer. For example, "Would you prefer my soup?" implies an alternative such as my roast or her soup.

Note also that strictly-speaking, the word disdain doesn't take two 'arguments' for a comparison. In the dictionary's example, disdain applies to just "the music", whereas preferring has both "the music" and "the ... stylings" in view. Had the example been "... preferred the music, disdaining the ... stylings ...", preferred would still have had both in view, while disdaining would only apply to the "stylings". If you simply wish to compare two alternatives (say, yours and his), you can say the following without using an antonym to prefer:

  • Would you prefer my alternative to his?
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    +1 I prefer "reject" but do not distain "distain". – ab2 Dec 30 '17 at 1:25
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    @ab2 Thank you :) . I'd reject reject since a preference isn't an acceptance. I've added to my answer; neither of the answers so far has proposed an antonym with the ditransitivity of prefer. – Lawrence Dec 30 '17 at 2:16

Would dislike work? Or do you disfavor such a trivial answer? :p

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  • dislike doesn't work at all. Disfavor at first sounded like it would work but apparently it means something else: "put at a disadvantage or treat as undesirable" – theonlygusti Dec 30 '17 at 3:22

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