Definitions

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

  • n. A partiality or disposition in favor of something; a preference.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Condition of favoring or liking; tendency towards; proclivity; predisposition.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A previous liking; a prepossession of mind in favor of something; predisposition to choose or like; partiality.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A prepossession of the mind in favor of something; a preference.
  • n. Synonyms Liking, Attachment, etc. (see love), partiality, inclination (toward), preference.

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

  • n. a predisposition in favor of something
  • n. a strong liking

Etymologies

French prédilection, from Old French, from Medieval Latin praedīlēctus, past participle of praedīligere, to prefer : Latin prae-, pre- + Latin dīligere, to love; see diligent.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French prédilection. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Of course, my predilection is for reporting, and any pundity I do I like to keep subordinate to the reportage.

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  • Personally, my predilection is toward the no-tilt side.

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  • Does a secret murmur here demand: if a discerning predilection is no crime, why, internally at least, may it not be cherished? whom can it injure or offend, that, in the hidden recesses of my own breast, I nourish superior preference of superior worth?

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  • Whatever your predilection is as a filmmaker, as the technologies and modes of delivery emerge … if you want to do abstract, feminist, animations with meat … you’ll be able to find your consumer.

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  • He built an hospital for the sick of all kinds, but the objects of his predilection were the lepers, and those hopelessly afflicted.

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  • If our Lord will require His flock at the hands of their pastors, He will undoubtedly require from them a stricter account of that part of his flock for which he has always shown a particular predilection, that is, for children.

    Public School Education

  • This American predilection, which is neither good nor bad, has resulted in movies that are grand social documents Schindler's

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  • Because I very much enjoy reading about people's lives an unappreciative therapist might term my predilection voyeurism, I gravitate toward the biography and memoir section of libraries and bookstores.

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  • He was a very pious Catholic, for example, and therefore a great believer in tradition, in institutions, in authority and so on, so that I think that throughout my life I've had this kind of predilection even in my most radical period.

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  • They contended that his representation of such clients amounted to a "predilection" toward such views, despite Mr. Ogden's assertions during his Judiciary hearings that he found child pornography abhorrent.

    The Caucus

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  • "'Bubba' had an unfortunate predilection for cat blood, and he was addlepated, and he could only follow the simplest directions;..." -Club Dead, by Charlaine Harris

    February 5, 2011