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predilection

[pred-l-ek-shuh n, preed-] /ˌprɛd lˈɛk ʃən, ˌprid-/
noun
1.
a tendency to think favorably of something in particular; partiality; preference:
a predilection for Bach.
Origin of predilection
1735-1745
1735-45; < Medieval Latin praedīlect(us) beloved, past participle of praedīligere to prefer (see pre-, diligent) + -ion
Synonyms
bias, inclination, leaning, liking, weakness, predisposition, prepossession.
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predilection

/ˌpriːdɪˈlɛkʃən/
noun
1.
a predisposition, preference, or bias
Word Origin
C18: from French prédilection, from Medieval Latin praedīligere to prefer, from Latin prae before + dīligere to love
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Word Origin and History for predilection
n.

1742, from French prédilection (16c.), noun of action from Medieval Latin praedilectus, past participle of prediligere "prefer before others," from Latin prae- "before" (see pre-) + diligere "choose, love" (see diligent).

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