/fond"nis/, n.
1. the state or quality of being fond.
2. tenderness or affection.
3. doting affection.
4. a liking or weakness for something: He has a fondness for sweets.
5. Archaic. complacent credulity; foolishness.
[1350-1400; ME; see FOND1, -NESS]
Syn. 4. predilection, partiality, preference.

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