What is the meaning, origin and usage of word ‘Predilection’?

Meaning: Predilection is used as a noun which refers to an established preference for something. It implies a strong liking deriving from one’s experience. For instance, if someone has a predilection for something, they like it a lot.

Origin: It is borrowed from French predilection, which in turn comes from the Latin word ‘praedilect’ meaning ‘preferred, from ‘prae’ in advance + ‘diligere’ to select. The term has been in use since the mid-18th Century in English.


  • She has had a predilection for Thai food ever since she started travelling abroad.
  • I have a predilection for ice cream.
  • There are two ways to live, by working hard or by taking freebies. They seem to have some predilection for the latter.

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