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Nobody ever got any clue to the reason, if there was one, for this predilection of hers.

I made some success, and the students had a predilection for me.

Could anything that she had ever done be wrested into predilection or even into appreciation?

But this is the effect of his predilection for individuals of forcible character.

He had not counted on the officers or her predilection for Italian.

He had not counted on the   officers or her predilection for Italian.

If my predilection was so strong, I had no reason to complain of want of attention on his part.

Some of the bystanders took no pains to conceal their predilection.

Ralph was a railroader by inheritance as well as predilection.

The father had a genius for action, the son a predilection for repose.

WORD ORIGIN

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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