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affection

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noun af·fec·tion \ə-ˈfek-shən\

Simple Definition of affection

  • : a feeling of liking and caring for someone or something

  • affections : feelings of love : a person's romantic feelings

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of affection

  1. 1 :  a moderate feeling or emotion

  2. 2 :  tender attachment :  fondness <she had a deep affection for her parents>

  3. 3 a (1) :  a bodily condition (2) :  disease, malady b :  attribute <shape and weight are affections of bodies>

  4. 4 obsolete :  partiality, prejudice

  5. 5 :  the feeling aspect (as in pleasure) of consciousness

  6. 6 a :  propensity, disposition b archaic :  affectation 1

  7. 7 :  the action of affecting :  the state of being affected

affectionless

play \-ləs\ adjective

Examples of affection in a sentence

  1. She has deep affection for her parents.

  2. He shows great affection for his grandchildren.

  3. feelings of love and affection

  4. He now looks back on those years with great affection.

  5. She developed a deep affection for that country and its people.



Origin and Etymology of affection

Middle English, from Anglo-French affection, from Latin affection-, affectio, from afficere


First Known Use: 13th century

Synonym Discussion of affection

feeling, emotion, affection, sentiment, passion mean a subjective response to a person, thing, or situation. feeling denotes any partly mental, partly physical response marked by pleasure, pain, attraction, or repulsion; it may suggest the mere existence of a response but imply nothing about the nature or intensity of it <the feelings that once moved me are gone>. emotion carries a strong implication of excitement or agitation but, like feeling, encompasses both positive and negative responses <the drama portrays the emotions of adolescence>. affection applies to feelings that are also inclinations or likings <a memoir of childhood filled with affection for her family>. sentiment often implies an emotion inspired by an idea <her feminist sentiments are well known>. passion suggests a very powerful or controlling emotion <revenge became his ruling passion>.


AFFECTION Defined for Kids

affection

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noun af·fec·tion \ə-ˈfek-shən\

Definition of affection for Students

  1. :  a feeling of liking and caring for someone or something <He shows great affection for his grandchildren.>




Medical Dictionary

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affection

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noun af·fec·tion \ə-ˈfek-shən\

Medical Definition of affection

  1. 1:  a moderate feeling or emotion

  2. 2:  the feeling aspect (as in pleasure or displeasure) of consciousness




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affection

noun af·fec·tion

Medical Definition of affection

  1. 1:  the action of affecting :  the state of being affected

  2. 2a:  a bodily conditionb:  disease, malady <a pulmonary affection>





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