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predilection

[ pred-l-ek-shuhn, preed- ]
/ ˌprɛd lˈɛk ʃən, ˌprid- /
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noun

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

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Origin of predilection

1735–45; <Medieval Latin praedīlect(us) beloved, past participle of praedīligere to prefer (see pre-, diligent) + -ion
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British Dictionary definitions for predilection

predilection
/ (ˌpriːdɪˈlɛkʃən) /

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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