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


a tendency to think favorably of something in particular; partiality; preference: a predilection for Bach.

Nearby words

  1. predictively,
  2. predictor,
  3. predictory,
  4. predigest,
  5. predikant,
  6. predispose,
  7. predisposition,
  8. predistortion,
  9. prednisolone,
  10. prednisone

Origin of predilection

1735–45; < Medieval Latin praedīlect(us) beloved, past participle of praedīligere to prefer (see pre-, diligent) + -ion Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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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