predilection

  • 1 prédilection — [ predilɛksjɔ̃ ] n. f. • XVe; de pré et dilection ♦ Préférence marquée (pour qqn, qqch.). Prédilection d une mère pour un de ses enfants. Avoir une certaine prédilection pour qqch. (cf. Avoir un faible). Par prédilection : de préférence. Loc. adj …

    Encyclopédie Universelle

  • 2 predilection — predilection, partiality, prepossession, prejudice, bias are comparable when they mean an attitude of mind which predisposes one to make a certain choice or judgment or to take a certain view without full consideration or reflection. Predilection …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 3 predilection — (n.) 1742, from Fr. prédilection (16c.), noun of action from M.L. praedilectus, pp. of prediligere prefer before others, from L. prae before (see PRE (Cf. pre )) + diligere choose, love (see DILIGENT (Cf. diligent)) …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 predilection — [pred΄ə lek′shən, prē΄dəlek′shən] n. [Fr prédilection < ML predilectus, pp. of prediligere, to prefer < L prae , before (see PRE ) + diligere, to prefer (see )] a preconceived liking; partiality or preference (for) SYN. PREJUDICE …

    English World dictionary

  • 5 Predilection — Pre di*lec tion, n. [Pref. pre + L. dilectus, p. p. diligere to prefer: cf. F. pr[ e]dilection. See {Diligent}.] A previous liking; a prepossession of mind in favor of something; predisposition to choose or like; partiality. Burke. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 6 predilection — I noun affection, affinity, appetence, appetency, appetite, attachment, bent, bias, choice, desire, disposition, fancy, favor, fondness, inclination, infatuation, leaning, liking, love, partiality, partisanship, penchant, predisposition,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 7 predilection — [n] inclination, preference toward something bent*, bias, cup of tea*, dish*, druthers*, fancy, flash, fondness, groove, inclining, leaning, liking, love, mindset*, partiality, penchant, predisposition, proclivity, proneness, propensity, taste*,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 8 predilection — Predilection. Preference d amitié, d affection. Il ne se dit guere que de la passion amoureuse …

    Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • 9 predilection — ► NOUN ▪ a preference or special liking for something. ORIGIN French, from Latin praediligere prefer …

    English terms dictionary

  • 10 PRÉDILECTION — n. f. Préférence d’amitié, d’affection, de goût. Avoir, marquer de la prédilection pour quelqu’un. Avoir une prédilection marquée pour quelque chose. Prédilection aveugle, insensée. Prédilection juste, méritée. Cette forme d’art a toute ma… …

    Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 8eme edition (1935)

  • 11 prédilection — (pré di lè ksion ; en vers, de cinq syllabes) s. f. 1°   Préférence d affection. •   Je les prie de me pardonner une prédilection trop marquée pour Quintilien, qui est mon auteur favori, et qui fait le sujet de mes leçons au Collége royal depuis… …

    Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • 12 predilection — noun Etymology: French prédilection, from Medieval Latin praediligere to love more, prefer, from Latin prae + diligere to love more at diligent Date: 1742 an established preference for something Synonyms: predilection, prepossession, prejudice,… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 13 PRÉDILECTION — s. f. Préférence d amitié, d affection. Avoir, marquer de la prédilection pour quelqu un. Ce père a de la prédilection pour sa fille. Prenez garde que vos prédilections ne vous égarent. Prédilection aveugle, insensée. Prédilection juste, méritée …

    Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 7eme edition (1835)

  • 14 predilection — pre|di|lec|tion [ˌpri:dıˈlekʃən US ˌpredlˈek ] n [Date: 1700 1800; : French; Origin: prédilection, from Medieval Latin praediligere to love more, prefer , from Latin diligere; DILIGENT] formal if you have a predilection for something, especially… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 predilection — UK [ˌpriːdɪˈlekʃ(ə)n] / US [ˌpred(ə)lˈekʃ(ə)n] noun [countable] Word forms predilection : singular predilection plural predilections formal a feeling that you like something, especially something a little unusual a predilection for silly love… …

    English dictionary

  • 16 predilection — n. a predilection for * * * [ˌpriːdɪ lekʃ(ə)n] a predilection for …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 17 predilection — [[t]pri͟ːdɪle̱kʃ(ə)n, AM pre̱d [/t]] predilections N COUNT: oft N for n/ ing If you have a predilection for something, you have a strong liking for it. [FORMAL] ...his predilection for fast cars and fast horses. Syn: fondness …

    English dictionary

  • 18 predilection — /pred l ek sheuhn, preed /, n. a tendency to think favorably of something in particular; partiality; preference: a predilection for Bach. [1735 45; < ML praedilect(us) beloved, ptp. of praediligere to prefer (see PRE , DILIGENT) + ION] Syn. bias …

    Universalium

  • 19 predilection — noun /ˌpɹiːdəˈlɛkʃn,ˌpɹɛdəˈlɛkʃn/ Condition of favoring or liking; tendency towards; proclivity; predisposition. But for him the first rule of judging was to set aside personal predilection and vote the law and the facts …

    Wiktionary

  • 20 predilection — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. partiality, preference, prejudice, bias. See tendency, desire.Ant., dislike. II (Roget s IV) n. Syn. partiality, bias, preference, liking; see inclination 1 . See Synonym Study at prejudice . III… …

    English dictionary for students


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