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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
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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  • 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.
  • There is no doubt which colors she prefers, or about her own predilection for the map-maker's role.
  • For these reasons and because of her own predilection for exile, the narrator has never fully assimilated anywhere.
  • He has also cast a few aspersions at my predilection for low-yield interest rates.
  • There was a time in British journalism when there was a predilection toward suppression of news in certain circumstances.
  • Among Harvard music majors, he said, his predilection for jazz marked him as a black sheep.
  • Such an effect, it is proposed, might also account for the human predilection for truffles.
British Dictionary definitions for predilection

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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