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[pred-l-ek-shuh n, preed-] /ˌprɛd lˈɛk ʃən, ˌprid-/
a tendency to think favorably of something in particular; partiality; preference:
a predilection for Bach.
Origin of predilection
1735-45; < Medieval Latin praedīlect(us) beloved, past participle of praedīligere to prefer (see pre-, diligent) + -ion
bias, inclination, leaning, liking, weakness, predisposition, prepossession. Unabridged
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  • Nobody ever got any clue to the reason, if there was one, for this predilection of hers.

  • I made some success, and the students had a predilection for me.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • Could anything that she had ever done be wrested into predilection or even into appreciation?

    The Nebuly Coat John Meade Falkner
  • But this is the effect of his predilection for individuals of forcible character.

    Maxim Gorki

    Hans Ostwald
  • He had not counted on the officers or her predilection for Italian.

    Jerry Jean Webster
British Dictionary definitions for predilection


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

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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