Definition of predilection in English:

Share this entry

predilection

Pronunciation: /ˌpredlˈekSH(ə)n/
Pronunciation: /ˌprēdlˈekSH(ə)n/

noun

A preference or special liking for something; a bias in favor of something: my predilection for Asian food
More example sentences
  • Of course the court will approach those interests with a strong predilection in favour of the preservation of life, because of the sanctity of human life.
  • Like every other institution, the Washington and political press corps operate with a good number of biases and predilections.
  • Studying biology may yet lead to greater tolerance for the vast repertory of human sexual foibles, preferences, and predilections.
Synonyms
liking, fondness, preference, partiality, taste, penchant, weakness, soft spot, fancy, inclination, leaning, bias, propensity, bent, proclivity, predisposition, appetite

Origin

Mid 18th century: from French prédilection, from Latin praedilect- 'preferred', from the verb praediligere, from prae 'in advance' + diligere 'to select'.

Words that rhyme with predilection

abjection, affection, circumspection, collection, complexion, confection, connection, convection, correction, defection, deflection, dejection, detection, direction, ejection, election, genuflection, imperfection, infection, inflection, injection, inspection, insurrection, interconnection, interjection, intersection, introspection, lection, misdirection, objection, perfection, projection, protection, refection, reflection, rejection, resurrection, retrospection, section, selection, subjection, transection, vivisection

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: pre·di·lec·tion

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.