Definition of predilection
: an established preference for something
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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
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.
This fatigue surely stemmed from a man well past middle age leading an almost nonstop exuberant set complete with three encores, and also a man still witnessing a country's predilection toward division and violence.
Wendi’s predilection for theft evolved from erasers to boyfriends to hot checks.
His predilection for lotteries was matched only by his enthusiasm for hummingbirds.
Her predilection for juxtaposing insects and books (the somatic and the cerebral?
Behind closed doors, though, Lincoln could be as coarse as anyone, and had a predilection for potty humor.
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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."
Synonym Discussion of predilection
PREDILECTION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of predilection for English Language Learners
: a natural liking for something : a tendency to do or to be attracted to something
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