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Magoosh Vocab Common

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n : a predisposition in favor of something

Predisposition : {A liability or tendency to suffer from a particular condition, hold a particular attitude, or act in a particular way}

"a predilection for expensive cars"

Synonyms : orientation, preference

Type of : predisposition
an inclination beforehand to interpret statements in a particular way

n : a strong liking

Synonyms : penchant, preference, taste

A predilection is a preference for or bias toward something. If you have a predilection for wool clothing, you should take up knitting.
We often use the word predilection for tendencies that people seem to have been born with, also called predispositions. If you're a night owl, you probably have a predilection for cities, while morning people tend to prefer the country.

pre(before)+dialect(local language); you generally become partial when you are taking an interview and you meet someone who speaks your language ( :) assume the interview is in the US)

You come to a split in the road and must choose --->PREFERRED DIRECTION

A story that, depending on your predilection, offers lessons in how to compromise accounts—or how to protect them

In addition, chimpanzees' apparent taste for a tipple adds to an evolutionary story about humans' common predilection for alcohol.

Lavrov complained Monday that Europe's approach to sanctions has been "an attempt to replace international law with their own political predilections."

Too many people still make assumptions that an afro implies some sort of militancy or that wearing dreadlocks means a predilection for smoking pot."
adj : not clearly understood or expressed
"an obscure turn of phrase"

adj : marked by difficulty of style or expression
"those who do not appreciate Kafka's work say his style is obscure"

adj : not drawing attention
"an obscure flaw"

adj : not famous or acclaimed
"an obscure family"

v : make unclear, indistinct, or blurred
make less visible or unclear
make obscure or unclear

Synonyms : blur, confuse, obnubilate, confound, confuse

adj : remote and separate physically or socially
"an obscure village"

Synonyms : apart, isolated

If something is obscure, it's vague and hard to see. Be careful if you're driving in heavy rain — the painted lines can be obscure.
Obscure comes from Latin obscurus, which can mean "dark, dim," "unclear, hard to understand," or "insignificant, humble." We tend to use obscure in the metaphorical senses: an obscure sound is unclear, an obscure village is hidden away in the countryside, and an obscure poet is little known and probably insignificant.

OBSCURE= OBSession + CURE == Many psychiatrists believe that Obsession's cure is still UNKNOWN / UNCLEAR...

obs sounds like boobs -in the movie cure boobs are shown in a hazy manner not clear

The victory catapulted Haley from a relatively obscure name in politics to national prominence.

The desperate need for a celebrity factor in a news piece can often obscure what the actual story is.

It was day two of the biennial International Submarine Races, the Olympic Games of the obscure and somewhat geeky sport of human-powered sub racing.