[pred-l-ek-shuhn, preed-]


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

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

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Contemporary Examples of predilection

Historical Examples of predilection

  • 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.


    Jean Webster

British Dictionary definitions for predilection



a predisposition, preference, or bias

Word Origin for predilection

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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