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predilection (n.)

1742, from French prédilection (16c.), noun of action from Medieval Latin praedilectus, past participle of prediligere "prefer before others," from Latin prae "before" (see pre-) + diligere "choose, love" (see diligent).

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Definitions of predilection from WordNet

predilection (n.)
a predisposition in favor of something;
a predilection for expensive cars
Synonyms: preference / orientation
predilection (n.)
a strong liking;
Synonyms: preference / penchant / taste
From wordnet.princeton.edu