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affection

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[ uh-fek-shuhn ]
/ əˈfɛk ʃən /
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noun
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Origin of affection

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First recorded in 1200–50; Middle English, from Old French, from Latin affectiōn- (stem of affectiō ) “disposition or state of mind or body”; see affect1, -ion

OTHER WORDS FROM affection

af·fec·tion·less, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH affection

affectation, affection

Other definitions for affection (2 of 2)

affection2
[ uh-fek-shuhn ]
/ əˈfɛk ʃən /

noun Obsolete.

Origin of affection

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First recorded in 1525–35; affect2 + -ion
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Affection refers to fond attachment, as of one person to another. How is affection different from love and devotion? Find out on Thesaurus.com.

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British Dictionary definitions for affection

affection
/ (əˈfɛkʃən) /

noun
a feeling of fondness or tenderness for a person or thing; attachment
(often plural) emotion, feeling, or sentimentto play on a person's affections
pathol any disease or pathological condition
psychol any form of mental functioning that involves emotionSee also affect 1 (def. 2)
the act of affecting or the state of being affected
archaic inclination or disposition

Derived forms of affection

affectional, adjective

Word Origin for affection

C13: from Latin affectiōn- disposition, from afficere to affect 1
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Medical definitions for affection

affection
[ ə-fĕkshən ]

n.
A tender feeling toward another; fondness.
A bodily condition; disease.
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