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Definitions for predilection
ˌprɛd lˈɛk ʃən, ˌprid-predilec·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. predilection, preference, orientationnoun

    a predisposition in favor of something

    "a predilection for expensive cars"; "his sexual preferences"; "showed a Marxist orientation"

  2. preference, penchant, predilection, tastenoun

    a strong liking

    "my own preference is for good literature"; "the Irish have a penchant for blarney"


  1. predilectionnoun

    Condition of favoring or liking; tendency towards; proclivity; predisposition.

  2. Etymology: From prédilection.


  1. predilection

    In psychology, economics and philosophy, preference is a technical term usually used in relation to choosing between alternatives. For example, someone prefers A over B if they would rather choose A than B. Preferences are central to decision theory because of this relation to behavior. Some methods such as Ordinal Priority Approach use preference relation for decision-making. As connative states, they are closely related to desires. The difference between the two is that desires are directed at one object while preferences concern a comparison between two alternatives, of which one is preferred to the other. In insolvency, the term is used to determine which outstanding obligation the insolvent party has to settle first.


  1. predilection

    Predilection is a term used to describe a preference or special liking for something; a bias in favor of something. It refers to a strong inclination or predisposition towards a particular thing.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Predilectionnoun

    a previous liking; a prepossession of mind in favor of something; predisposition to choose or like; partiality

  2. Etymology: [Pref. pre- + L. dilectus, p. p. diligere to prefer: cf. F. prdilection. See Diligent.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Predilection

    prē-di-lek′shun, n. a choosing beforehand: favourable prepossession of mind: partiality.—v.t. Predilect′, to prefer. [L. præ, before, dilectio, -onis, choice—diligĕre, dilectum, to love—dis, apart, legĕre, to choose.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of predilection in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of predilection in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of predilection in a Sentence

  1. Goa Kerle:

    A predilection for wrong is not characteristic of our nature, it is a characteristic of the nature of life itself.

  2. Feodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky:

    Man has such a predilection for systems and abstract deductions that he is ready to distort the truth intentionally, he is ready to deny the evidence of his senses only to justify his logic.

  3. Police Chief Mike Koval:

    The circumstances of that case were concluded to be a suicide-by-cop sort of predilection.

  4. Jennifer Sclafani:

    [ President Trump has a ] predilection for speaking in generalities, these general expressions can be seen as having multiple functions, but oftentimes the president uses them to provoke a reaction in his audience -- of shock, dismay, or disgust.

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    assist or encourage, usually in some wrongdoing
    A gloat
    B abrade
    C abet
    D aberrate

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