predilection

[pred-l-ek-shuhn, preed-]
noun
a tendency to think favorably of something in particular; partiality; preference: a predilection for Bach.

Origin:
1735–45; < Medieval Latin praedīlect(us) beloved, past participle of praedīligere to prefer (see pre-, diligent) + -ion


bias, inclination, leaning, liking, weakness, predisposition, prepossession.
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predilection (ˌpriːdɪˈlɛkʃən)
 
n
a predisposition, preference, or bias
 
[C18: from French prédilection, from Medieval Latin praedīligere to prefer, from Latin prae before + dīligere to love]

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predilection
1742, from Fr. prédilection (16c.), n. of action from M.L. prædilectus, pp. of prediligere "prefer before others," from L. præ- "before" + diligere "choose, love" (see diligent).
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Example sentences
Self-conscious tourists may elect not to linger long at certain displays that
  could betray a particular predilection.
The objectification was tied to a predilection for violence.
Psychologists and neuroscientists have recently become fascinated by the human
  predilection for storytelling.
The aristocracy are marked by their predilection for country-life.
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