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An established preference; a site of predilection would be the most likely site occurrance, as for the manifestations of a disease, condition, or parasite.
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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.
Are there not aversions, predilections, rivalships, and desires of unjust acquisitions, that affect nations as well as kings?
Though very moderate in my political antipathies and predilections, I confess to some excitement in my own case, declaring that if royalty WAS to be my lot, I would prefer not to ascend any higher on the scale than to become the property of that excellent princess, Amelie, who then presided in the Palais Royal, the daughter and sister of a king, but with as little prospects as desires of becoming a queen in her own person.
From speaking of books in general, he passed to different books in particular, and proceeded by rapid transitions from topic to topic, till several matters, both of taste and opinion, had been discussed considerably within the space of half an hour, but without the embellishment of many observations from himself; he being evidently less bent upon communicating his own thoughts and predilections, than on discovering mine.
This malignancy has a predilection for the upper aerodigestive tract, although it has been found in multiple other sites.
Unlike the familiar German cockroach, which keeps all six feet on the ground and has a well-known predilection for lurking in the shadows, B.
The county has benefited from people's predilection to drive instead of fly to vacation destinations this past year.
His predilection for down-at-the-heels, quotidian materials suggests the influence of arte povera, and a preference for tones of pale yellow and dusty black allows his installations to appear as at once sculptures and sketches, objects and plans.
Nasolabial cysts are usually unilateral, more common in women, usually present during the fourth and fifth decades of life, and have a predilection for the black population.
Protein engineers, with their predilection for conservative replacements, may be too timid.
The disease has a predilection for people with diabetes, high blood pressure or heart disease and those who smoke, and it's just as likely to strike women as men.
Timothy Hutchings's predilection for swirling pattern and distorted sound made "Arm in Arm in Arm in Arm," his second solo outing here, a lot less amiable than its title might suggest.