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

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 30 Sep. 2022.

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