1 [uh-fek-shuhn]
fond attachment, devotion, or love: the affection of a parent for an only child.
Often, affections.
emotion; feeling; sentiment: over and above our reason and affections.
the emotional realm of love: a place in his affections.
Pathology. a disease, or the condition of being diseased; abnormal state of body or mind: a gouty affection.
the act of affecting; act of influencing or acting upon.
the state of being affected.
Philosophy. a contingent, alterable, and accidental state or quality of being.
the affective aspect of a mental process.
bent or disposition of mind.
Obsolete. bias; prejudice.

1200–50; Middle English < Old French < Latin affectiōn- (stem of affectiō) disposition or state of mind or body; see affect1, -ion

affectionless, adjective

1. liking, friendliness, amity, fondness, friendship. See love.

1. dislike. Unabridged


2 [uh-fek-shuhn]
noun Obsolete.
affectation ( defs 1–3 ).

1525–35; affect2 + -ion Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
affection (əˈfɛkʃən)
1.  a feeling of fondness or tenderness for a person or thing; attachment
2.  (often plural) emotion, feeling, or sentiment: to play on a person's affections
3.  pathol any disease or pathological condition
4.  psychol See also affect any form of mental functioning that involves emotion
5.  the act of affecting or the state of being affected
6.  archaic inclination or disposition
[C13: from Latin affectiōn- disposition, from afficere to affect1]

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Word Origin & History

early 13c., "an emotion of the mind, passion, lust as opposed to reason," from O.Fr. affection, from L. affectionem (nom. affectio) "inclination, influence, permanent state of feeling," from affec-, pp. stem of afficere "to do something to, act on" (see affect (n.)). Sense
developed from "disposition" to "good disposition toward" (late 14c.).
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Medical Dictionary

affection af·fec·tion (ə-fěk'shən)

  1. A tender feeling toward another; fondness.

  2. A bodily condition; disease.

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Bible Dictionary

Affection definition

feeling or emotion. Mention is made of "vile affections" (Rom. 1:26) and "inordinate affection" (Col. 3:5). Christians are exhorted to set their affections on things above (Col. 3:2). There is a distinction between natural and spiritual or gracious affections (Ezek. 33:32).

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Example sentences
Now a third blue geranium is likely to replace both in our affections.
After a horrendous couple of decades, the national team once again basked in
  the warmth of the nation's affections.
The sight of one in a field can be enough to rekindle atavistic affections that
  lie deep within.
Now it actually has to compete for the affections of its neighbours---Agreed.
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