predilect

adjective
predi·​lect | \ ¦predᵊl¦ekt, -rēd-, -ēˌdīˌle- \
variants: or predilected \ -​tə̇d \

Definition of predilect

: preferred, chosen not the most obstinately predilect optimism can blind us to the growing canker— H. B. Alexander

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History and Etymology for predilect

predilect from Medieval Latin praedilectus, past participle of praediligere; predilected from predilect + -ed

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“Predilect.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/predilect. Accessed 5 Aug. 2021.

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