Definition of predilection
: an established preference for something
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>
Did You Know?
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."
Origin and Etymology of predilection
French prédilection, from Medieval Latin praediligere to love more, prefer, from Latin prae- + diligere to love — more at diligent
First Known Use: 1742
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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