Pronunciation: (u-fek'shun), [key]
1. fond attachment, devotion, or love: the affection of a parent for an only child.
2. Often, affections.
a. emotion; feeling; sentiment: over and above our reason and affections.
b. the emotional realm of love: a place in his affections.
3. Pathol.a disease, or the condition of being diseased; abnormal state of body or mind: a gouty affection.
4. the act of affecting; act of influencing or acting upon.
5. the state of being affected.
6. Philos.a contingent, alterable, and accidental state or quality of being.
7. the affective aspect of a mental process.
8. bent or disposition of mind.
9. Obs.bias; prejudice.


Pronunciation: (u-fek'shun), [key]
n. Obs.
affectation (defs. 1–3).

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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