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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
The ’90s icon is something of a mascot for the feed, inspiring rhapsodical comments about everything from her platinum blonde hair to her Selima Optique sunglasses to her predilection for black and white.
Chief among them is the book’s example as a master class in how to trace the lineage of a biographical subject’s ideas and predilections.
Moscow's predilection for theatrical eating reaches the heights of fine dining.
During this week's visit, Macron will appeal once more to Trump's martial predilections, presenting him with an oak sapling that grew at the site of a World War I battle where U.S. Marines repelled a German offensive almost exactly a century ago.
Contrary to Trump’s nationalist predilections and self-avowed deal-making prowess, his policies have demonstrably constrained U.S. maneuverability in its foreign relations and have overseen major shifts in global power.
Stock markets in the United States were surging, enthralled by the regulation-slashing, tax-shrinking predilections of President Trump.
But the Academy showed a refreshing predilection toward new talent this year, recognizing Jordan Peele for Get Out and Greta Gerwig for Lady Bird, two choices that many movie fans were celebrating Tuesday morning.
Each has his or her own predilections, unique educational and experiential background and, occasionally, biases.
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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
- 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
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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