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Definition preference (a predisposition in favor of something); or tendency (normal behavior)
  • The group has an unfortunate predilection for fighting, drinking, and drug use.
predilection = preference or tendency
  • She has a predilection for sticking her nose into other people's business.
  • predilection = preference or tendency
  • 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
  • predilection = tendency or preference (a predisposition in favor of something)
  • 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
  • predilection = preference or tendency
  • 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
  • predilections = preferences (predispositions in favor of something)
  • 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
  • predilection = preference or tendency
  • 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
  • predilection = preference
  • It was a predilection of their genetics.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • predilection = tendency (a predisposition in favor of something)
  • ...her predilection for a special window at which she always sat in the early evening,
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • predilection = preference or tendency
  • 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
  • predilections = preferences (predispositions in favor of something)
  • The Radleys, welcome anywhere in town, kept to themselves, a predilection unforgivable in Maycomb.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • predilection = preference or tendency
  • Obviously the Andromeda Strain showed a predilection for cerebral vasculature.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • predilection = preference or tendency
  • 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
  • predilection = preference or tendency
  • 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
  • Why should not such a predilection be encouraged!
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • 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
  • Clyde uttered the names of people dancing past and Edgar commented on their lives and careers and personal predilections.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • 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
  • He laid out all of Seabiscuit's predilections and weaknesses in great detail.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit

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