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The group has an unfortunate predilection for fighting, drinking and drug use.
  preference (a predisposition in favor of something)
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  • The group has an unfortunate predilection for fighting, drinking and drug use.
  • She has a predilection for sticking her nose into other people’s business.
  • a predilection for expensive cars
  • Langdon rolled his eyes at Sophie, well accustomed to Teabing’s predilection for dramatic antics.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code

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  • He read greedily but understood selectively, choosing the bits and pieces of other men’s ideas that supported whatever predilection he had at the moment.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • She had the air of a game warden pointing out an animal in the grass. Taking pride in her ability to predict its movements. Her superior knowledge of its habits and predilections.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • Marilla’s astonishment could not have been greater if Matthew had expressed a predilection for standing on his head.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • This predilection for minding other people’s business was time-honored among the people of Salem, and it undoubtedly created many of the suspicions which were to feed the coming madness.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • It was a predilection of their genetics.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • To be right and throw it away in order to please the predilections of his teachers, that would be the monstrosity!
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

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  • ...her predilection for a special window at which she always sat in the early evening,
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • The Radleys, welcome anywhere in town, kept to themselves, a predilection unforgivable in Maycomb.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • the only vestiges left in Mr. L. Prosser of his mighty ancestry were a pronounced stoutness about the tum and a predilection for little fur hats.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • Obviously the Andromeda Strain showed a predilection for cerebral vasculature.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • Until comparatively recently in its history, Maycomb County was so cut off from the rest of the nation that some of its citizens, unaware of the South’s political predilections over the past ninety years, still voted Republican.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • Gwen always had good stories, many of which concerned the illicit predilections of the town’s citizens.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • Which of course would send me into hoots of laughter were it not so benighted a viewpoint, so that even though I concede to Hobbs that Rothschild and Warburg are certainly Hebraic names I attempt to tell him that greed is not a racial but a human predilection and then I proceed to tick off such names as Carnegie, Rockefeller, Frick, Mellon, Harriman, Huntington, Whitney, Duke, ad infinitum, ad nauseam.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • He used to have a predilection for Bacchus.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Why should not such a predilection be encouraged!
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • Natural philosophy is the genius that has regulated my fate; I desire, therefore, in this narration, to state those facts which led to my predilection for that science.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • It was an illusion, of course, generated by Clevinger’s predilection for staring fixedly at one side of a question and never seeing the other side at all.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • But without warning, a long way into the woods, he began to berate her with humiliating invective and revolting remarks about her morals and sexual predilections.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • From the first day of his rule Arcadio revealed his predilection for decrees.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • If, heretofore, I had been none of the warmest of partisans I began now, at this season of peril and adversity, to be pretty acutely sensible with which party my predilections lay; nor was it without something like regret and shame that, according to a reasonable calculation of chances, I saw my own prospect of retaining office to be better than those of my democratic brethren.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • The king, however, who sought distraction, while traveling as fast as possible—for he was anxious to be in Paris by the twenty-third—stopped from time to time to fly the magpie, a pastime for which the taste had been formerly inspired in him by de Luynes, and for which he had always preserved a great predilection.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • He elbowed through the crowd in the buvette; then remembering a predilection of Nicole’s he snatched up an edge of a fortuneteller’s tent and peered within.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • ’I have not so much as the slightest predilection left.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • To please her, as if she were still living, he adopted her predilections, her ideas; he bought patent leather boots and took to wearing white cravats.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • It explained the young lady to me, also the predilection my aunt had for him.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • All that the agent needed to do was to deftly and by degrees prepare the public for the great change, and have them established in predilections toward neatness against the time when the stove should appear upon the stage.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • Their old relations of confidence seemed suddenly to have ended, and the antagonisms of sex to sex were left without any counter-poising predilections.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • His northern European characters displaced to Egypt exhibit every sort of kink, sexual and otherwise, from the old sailor with a glass eye and a predilection for young boys to the incestuous Ludwig and Liza Pursewarden to nearly everyone’s inability tobe faithful to spouse or lover.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • He laid out all of Seabiscuit’s predilections and weaknesses in great detail.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • He departed for Calais, and having reached that place in safety, it might have been supposed that he went to Dover; but instead he took the diligence to Dunkirk, and thence travelled to Brussels, for which place he had a former predilection.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • Every one of them imagined the scene, each according to his own predilections—Sula underneath some white man—and it filled them with choking disgust.
    Toni Morrison  --  Sula
  • But certain cows will show a fondness for a particular pair of hands, sometimes carrying this predilection so far as to refuse to stand at all except to their favourite, the pail of a stranger being unceremoniously kicked over.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • It must be owned, that if an interest displayed in his success could have bribed the Disinherited Knight, the part of the lists before which he paused had merited his predilection.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • Both ofus were unassailable proof that each of the tribes of Europe had imported their own separate fevers, predilections, and reveries into the capricious, turbulent consciousness of America.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • Perhaps the nearest approach to the latter that Hetty had manifested was to be seen in the sensitiveness which had caused her to detect March’s predilection for her sister, for, among Judith’s many admirers, this was the only instance in which the dull mind of the girl had been quickened into an observation of the circumstances.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • Obscurely awaited, immanent and concealed, it rouses to such a paroxysm, at the moment when at last it makes itself felt, those other pleasures which we find in the tender glance, in the kiss of her who is by our side, that it seems to us, more than anything else, a sort of transport of gratitude for the kindness of heart of our companion and for her touching predilection of ourselves, which we measure by the benefits, by the happiness that she showers upon us.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • This at any rate was the duty with which she found herself confronted—from the moment she admitted to herself that her old friend had still an uneradicated predilection for her society.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • At the age of twelve, before I had had one full year of formal schooling, I had a conception of life that no experience would ever erase, a predilection for what was real that no argument could ever gainsay, a sense of the world that was mine and mine alone, a notion as to what life meant that no education could ever alter, a conviction that the meaning of living came only when one was struggling to wring a meaning out of meaningless suffering.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • So very conspicuous was his zeal, indeed, as to have entirely gotten the better of all his ordinary predilections.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • Clyde uttered the names of people dancing past and Edgar commented on their lives and careers and personal predilections.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • When he was excited he talked aloud to himself, imitating his mother’s predilection for lofty subjects and paradox.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • Sadly, neither economic development nor the rise of education and a middle class seems to have affected the predilection for aborting female fetuses.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • This at any rate was the duty with which she found herself confronted—from the moment she admitted to herself that her old friend had still an uneradicated predilection for her society.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 2
  • But man has such a predilection for systems and abstract deductions that he is ready to distort the truth intentionally, he is ready to deny the evidence of his senses only to justify his logic.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Notes from the Underground
  • He shows decided bacchanalian predilections at one time, and at another is tearful and sensitive, but at any moment he is liable to paroxysms of such rage that I assure you, prince, I am quite alarmed.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • But I admit that this gratification arose from my own weakness: it is because I am unable to see at once all that is around me, that I am allowed thus to select and separate the objects of my predilection from among so many others.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
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