predilection

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French prédilection.

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌpɹiː.dəˈlɛk.ʃn̩/
    • (file)
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌpɹɛ.dəˈlɛk.ʃn̩/
  • Rhymes: -ɛkʃən

Noun[edit]

predilection (countable and uncountable, plural predilections)

  1. Condition of favoring or liking; tendency towards; proclivity; predisposition.
    • 1967, Flann O’Brien, The Third Policeman, ch. 2,
      A row of houses he regards as a row of necessary evils. The softening and degeneration of the human race he attributes to its progressive predilection for interiors and waning interest in the art of going out and staying there.
    • 1987, Edwin M. Yoder Jr., "Lewis Powell a Fine Sense of Balance," Washington Post, 29 Jun.,
      But for him the first rule of judging was to set aside personal predilection and vote the law and the facts.
    • 2000, Terry McCarthy, "Lost Generation," Time Asia, 23 Oct.,
      ... youth’s predilection for revolt.
    • 2001, Marina Cantacuzino, "On deadly ground," The Guardian, 13 Mar.,
      Wilson doesn’t see any inconsistency between his socialism and his predilection for the high life.

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