predilection

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

noun

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

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predilection

noun

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
n.

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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