[ uh-fek-shuhn ]
/ əˈfɛk ʃən /


Origin of affection

1200–50; Middle English < Old French < Latin affectiōn- (stem of affectiō) disposition or state of mind or body; see affect1, -ion

SYNONYMS FOR affection

ANTONYMS FOR affection

Related forms

af·fec·tion·less, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for affectionless


/ (əˈfɛkʃən) /


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

affectional, adjective

Word Origin for affection

C13: from Latin affectiōn- disposition, from afficere to affect 1
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Medicine definitions for affectionless


[ ə-fĕkshən ]


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