Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Warm affection or liking. See Synonyms at love.
  • n. A strong inclination or preference; a taste: a fondness for sweets; a fondness for travel.
  • n. Archaic Naive trustfulness; credulity.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. the quality of being fond

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being fond; foolishness.
  • n. Doting affection; tender liking; strong appetite, propensity, or relish.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or character of being fond.
  • n. Foolish tenderness; tender passion; strong or demonstrative affection.
  • n. Strong inclination, propensity, or appetite.
  • n. Synonyms Attachment, Affection, etc. (see love); partiality, inclination, propensity.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a quality proceeding from feelings of affection or love
  • n. a positive feeling of liking
  • n. a predisposition to like something

Etymologies

fond +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)

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