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  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Predilect To elect or choose beforehand.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • predilect To prefer; favor; choose.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Predilect to prefer
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. præ, before, dilectio, -onis, choice—diligĕre, dilectum, to love—dis, apart, legĕre, to choose.


In literature:

Why should not such a predilection be encouraged!
"The Last of the Mohicans" by James Fenimore Cooper
Several of the Georgian lawyers had strong predilections for particular dishes or articles of diet.
"A Book About Lawyers" by John Cordy Jeaffreson
Poor, pretty, foolish Mildred, whose gentle predilections were as threads of gossamer compared with the cable-ropes of stronger women's passions!
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
She might be displeased, as well as surprised, over Mary's strange predilection for the French girl.
"Marjorie Dean" by Pauline Lester
Some of the bystanders took no pains to conceal their predilection.
"The Wild Huntress" by Mayne Reid
They regarded Bute, Grenville, Rockingham, Pitt, without one sentiment either of predilection or of aversion.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
Still more probably, one architect may have had a predilection for timber, while another may have preferred clay vaults.
"A History of Art in Chaldæa & Assyria, v. 1" by Georges Perrot
How about the jury, that unknown quantity of capricious predilections?
"Shadow and Light" by Mifflin Wistar Gibbs
It would indeed have proved a curious predilection, especially after the affront just received!
"My Friends the Savages" by Giovanni Battista Cerruti
This judgment is entirely opposed to our youthful predilections and enthusiasm.
"The Essays of "George Eliot" Complete" by George Eliot
She is absolutely without predilections and hobbies.
"Australian Writers" by Desmond Byrne
Ralph was a railroader by inheritance as well as predilection.
"Ralph on the Overland Express" by Allen Chapman
But he has no sentimental predilection for the London market.
"Critical Miscellanies (Vol. 3 of 3)" by John Morley
One of the first Houses of Amsterdam, and whose predilection for England is known, has sold L60,000 of English funds.
"The Diplomatic Correspondence of the American Revolution, Vol. IX" by Various
The sympathies of Sir Walter, despite his high Tory predilections, were more favourable to the people as such than those of Shakespeare.
"Leading Articles on Various Subjects" by Hugh Miller
I own to a predilection for happy people.
"Is He Popenjoy?" by Anthony Trollope
In his foliage the same predilections are remarkable.
"Modern Painters Volume I (of V)" by John Ruskin
But the subject had passed beyond their predilections of what was best to say.
"Rose MacLeod" by Alice Brown
They are united against you and your Roman predilections.
"A Struggle for Rome, v. 1" by Felix Dahn
This predilection is now of course often scouted by critics who are over-civilized and under-educated.
"Library of the World's Best literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 12" by Various

In poetry:

"Fifteen each side, the combatants divide,
So nicely balanced are their predilections;
And first of all a tear-drop each lets fall,
A tribute to their obsolete affections.
"How To Not Settle It" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

THE choreographer Lar Lubovitch is nothing if not aware of his own predilections.
When I'm looking to satisfy the more urban predilections of my palate, the strip of PCH that stretches through Corona Del Mar isn't the first neighborhood that comes to mind.
He hinted at this predilection during the campaign in 2002.
In an almost 30-year career, this German artist has taken her predilection for visual metaphors, culled from society's collective experience, and transformed them into arresting room-engulfing sculptures—installations, really.
But the notion of jerkin ' as neo-punk extends little beyond fashion — with a mutual predilection for piercings, tattoos, Mohawks and multihued hair.
On paper, it's an odd pairing, given Actress' grey-scale predilections.
German predilection for technological advance permeates all areas of primary business and industrial activity, to the undoubted benefit of the competitive standing of its international market players.
Adult extracardiac rhabdomyoma (ER) is a rare, slowly growing, benign tumor of skeletal-muscle origin that has a strong predilection for the head and neck.
Having pretty much invented the hot hatchback, Volkswagen continues to blanket the segment with a range of them for every pocket and predilection.
Generous portions, a predilection for Vietnamese and a Cheesecake Factory-calibre menu brought her into this South Philly stand-by and she's totally into this family friendly strip mall spot.
Waterborne non-A, non-B hepatitis (NANB) is responsible for outbreaks of hepatitis with a predilection for young adults.
It's a hot weekend of politics and policy in South Florida, with events to fit just about anyone's political predilections.
One example in the United States is the predilection for predicting the number of hurricanes in the upcoming season.
Americans have a terrible predilection for serving brut sparkling wine with dessert.
Consumers' predilection for eating at home has obviously been beneficial for retailers as they are spending more money on proteins such as beef.

In science:

As discussed in the Introduction above, despite a multitude of attempts with varied sophistication and predilections, no universally acceptable explanation – physical or otherwise – of this mysterious transition is as yet in sight.
Why the Quantum Must Yield to Gravity
The predilection of Einstein was that the second postulate, now referred to as “Einstein locality” postulate, was true and thus EPR theorem establishes the incompleteness of quantum mechanics.
Hidden Variables, Non Contextuality and Einstein-Locality in Quantum Mechanics
This value is inconsistent with having a total Ω = 1 in baryons, and so, together with the predilection for Ωtotal = 1, is the main motivation for postulating non-baryonic (elementary particle) dark matter.
The Particle- and Astro-Physics of Dark Matter
It is of value to show how this orthogonal momentum-time representation is present even in the most elementary non-relativistic classical mechanics. This digression is to again show that the bias to the position time formulation of mechanics is a predilection that is not completely demanded by the formalism.
Canonically relativistic quantum mechanics: Casimir field equations of the quaplectic group
Unfortunately most of the available benchmark circuits are either very small or they have a strong predilection to being synthesized with Toffoli gates.
Decting Errors in Reversible Circuits With Invariant Relationships
The functional form (2) for the dielectric permits a resolution of the differing high-concentration dielectrics of the KCl and KF salts, implying that KCl has a greater predilection to form ion-pairs than KF.
Dependence of the dielectric constant of electrolyte solutions on ionic concentration