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Examples of predilection in a Sentence
- It's true that black audiences have always had a predilection for talking back at performances. But more than that is going on in this theatre: the intensity of engagement is palpable. —Henry Louis Gates, Jr., New Yorker, 3 Feb. 1997
- The predilection of certain upper-class Englishmen toward eccentricity and playacting lent itself well to this endeavor. —Robert D. Kaplan, The Arabists, 1993
- Even seated in the witness chair, he did not remove the light-colored, belted raincoat that, in common with knee-high boots, is a predilection of the Nazi-minded and that, in his case, was nearly identical to the raincoat Hitler habitually wore. —Kay Boyle, "Preface from the Smoking …," 1950, in Words that Must Somehow be Said: Selected Essays of Kay Boyle 1927–1984, 1985
a young lad with a predilection for telling tall tales
Recent Examples of predilection from the Web
Juarez recently described her sister as kind, confident and affable with a predilection for writing, reading and running.
Now, however, the Kid's predilection for purple is being officially memorialized with a custom color from Pantone made in collaboration with the Prince Estate.
But less clear is how much control Kelly will have over Trump’s predilection for sowing conflict and making off-the-cuff comments on social media.
The ClimaCool 1 is heavy on the mid-aughts boy band vibes, which is in line with the fashion world's current predilection for tiny sunglasses and oversized suits.
French director Luc Besson proved his predilection for making movies that are all about the visual spectacle.
In surreal fashion, the new owners have opened Brigitte Tanaka, and though my name isn’t on the lease, the stock—tiny jewelry, funny dishes, lovely linens—is eerily like my own predilections.
Despite their predilection for unkempt noise, Mountain Movers exhibit a strong focus on the record, with drummer Ross Menze and bassist Rock Omonte showing an impressive looseness that’s got nothing to do with sloppiness.
At the same time, Trump’s natural predilection for Bannon-style world-burning limits Cohn’s influence.
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predilection Has a Versatile Latin Root
Do you have a predilection for words whose histories conjure up colorful images of Wild West heroes, medieval knaves, Arabian princes, and intemperate gods, or are words with straightforward Latin roots more your style? If you favor the latter, you'll love "predilection." It's based on the Latin verb legere, which means "to gather" or "to read." That versatile root is also the source of many other familiar English words, including "collect," "lesson," "sacrilege," and "legume."
Synonymsaffection, affinity, aptitude, bent, bias, bone, devices, disposition, genius, habitude, impulse, leaning, partiality, penchant, inclination, predisposition, proclivity, propensity, tendency, turn
Related Wordsfavor, one-sidedness, partisanship, prejudice; endowment, faculty, flair, genius, gift, knack, talent; addiction, appetite, fancy, fondness, like, liking, preference, taste; forte, speciality, specialty; convention, custom, habit, pattern, practice (also practise), routine, trick, way, wont; eccentricity, idiosyncrasy, kink, oddity, peculiarity, quirk, singularity
Near Antonymsallergy, averseness, aversion, disfavor, disinclination, dislike, disliking, disrelish, distaste; detachment, impartiality, neutrality, objectivity; apathy, disinterestedness, indifference, insouciance, nonchalance, unconcern
Synonym Discussion of predilection
- a predilection for travel
- a prepossession against technology
- a mindless prejudice against the unfamiliar
- a strong bias toward the plaintiff
PREDILECTION Defined for English Language Learners
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