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From Latin dilectio (dilection). See diligent.


dilection (plural dilections)

  1. (dated) love; loving kindness
    • 1555, Martin
      These words mine, and thine, proceeded first of iniquitie, because men did not observe mutual and natural dilection.
    • 1586, Harmar
      And this was the first testimony of the infinite dilection of God towards man.
    • 1614, Bishop of London's Vine Palatine
      A bone not far from his heart, to put him in mind of dilection and love to the woman.
    • Boyle
      So free is Christ's dilection, that the grand condition of our felicity is our belief.
  2. (dated) choice