the state or quality of being fond.
tenderness or affection.
doting affection.
a liking or weakness for something: He has a fondness for sweets.
Archaic. complacent credulity; foolishness.

Origin of fondness

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at fond1, -ness
Related formsself-fond·ness, noun

Synonyms for fondness Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for fondness

late 14c., from fond + -ness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper