predilection

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Borrowed from French prédilection.

Pronunciation[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

predilection (countable and uncountable, plural predilections)

  1. A condition of favoring or liking; a tendency towards; proclivity; predisposition.
    • 1834, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Francesca Carrara, volume 1, page 219:
      The young King looked tenderly at Mademoiselle Mancini, who gave him a glance quite as tender in return—not, however, unobserved. His mother had been for some time past a displeased spectator of a predilection which might become dangerous.
    • 1962 April, “Talking of Trains: From guided weapons to the B.T.C.”, in Modern Railways, page 221:
      The appointment as Member of the B.T.C. with "special responsibility for railway workshops" of Sir Steuart Mitchell is in accordance with Mr. Marples' predilection for non-railwaymen in the highest posts.
    • 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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