Predilection vs Attachment - What's the difference?

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Predilection is a related term of attachment.

As nouns the difference between predilection and attachment

is that predilection is predilection while attachment is the act or process of (physically or figuratively) attaching.



Alternative forms

* (archaic)


(en noun)
  • Condition of favoring or liking; tendency towards; proclivity; predisposition.
  • * 1987 , Edwin M. Yoder Jr., "Lewis Powell a Fine Sense of Balance," Washington Post , 29 Jun.,
  • But for him the first rule of judging was to set aside personal predilection and vote the law and the facts.
  • * 2000 , Terry McCarthy, "Lost Generation," Time Asia , 23 Oct.,
  • ... youth’s predilection for revolt.
  • * 2001 , Marina Cantacuzino, "On deadly ground," The Guardian , 13 Mar.,
  • Wilson doesn’t see any inconsistency between his socialism and his predilection for the high life.




  • The act or process of (physically or figuratively) attaching.
  • * 2005 , Rebecca N. Baergen, Manual of Benirschke and Kaufmann's Pathology of the Human Placenta , page 71:
  • The “implantation window” is a short, specific phase during which attachment of the blastocyst occurs.
  • A strong bonding towards or with.
  • I have such an attachment towards my fiancé!
  • A dependence, especially a strong one.
  • * 2003 , Griffith Edwards, Alcohol: The World's Favorite Drug , page 63:
  • Through every other kind of drug experience, however, ran his attachment to alcohol.
  • A device attached to a piece of equipment or a tool.
  • * 1978 , Walter H. Wager, Time of reckoning , page 194:
  • Zimchenko's phone had a tape attachment ,
  • The means by which something is physically attached.
  • * 2012 , Sinikka Elliott, Not My Kid: What Parents Believe about the Sex Lives of Their Teenagers , page 46:
  • [The umbilical cord is] the attachment connecting the fetus with the placenta.
  • (computing) A file sent along with an email.
  • (legal) Taking a person's property to satisfy a court-ordered debt.
  • attachment of earnings
  • (meteorology) The act or process by which any (downward) leader connects to any available (upward) streamer in a lightning flash.
  • * 2009 , Jakke Mäkelä, Eero Karvinen, Niko Porjo, Antti Mäkelä and Tapio Tuomi, Attachment of Natural Lightning Flashes to Trees: Preliminary Statistical Characteristics'', published in the ''Journal of Lightning Research , volume 1
  • Derived terms

    * attachment disorder ----