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Date: 1700-1800
Language: French
Origin: prédilection, from Medieval Latin praediligere 'to love more, prefer', from Latin diligere; DILIGENT

predilection

noun
     
pre‧di‧lec‧tion [countable]
formal if you have a predilection for something, especially something unusual, you like it very much
predilection for
Mrs Lane's predilection for gossip

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