pred·i·lec·tion (prĕd′l-ĕkshən, prēd′-)
A special liking for something; a preference.
[French prédilection, from Old French, from Medieval Latin praedīlēctus, past participle of praedīligere, to prefer : Latin prae-, pre- + Latin dīligere, to love; see DILIGENT.]
Synonyms: predilection, leaning, partiality, penchant
These nouns denote a predisposition to favor someone or something particular: a predilection for classical composers; conservative leanings; a partiality for liberal-minded friends; a penchant for spicy foods.
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