- The definition of affection is love, or a fond attachment for something or something.
A mother hugging her child, a cat cuddling with his owner and a husband bringing flowers for his wife are each an example of affection.
A mother showing affection for her baby.
affection definition by Webster's New World
- a mental or emotional state or tendency; disposition or feeling
- fond or tender feeling; warm liking
- an affecting or being affected
- Archaic a disease; ailment
- Archaic an attribute or property of a thing
Origin: Middle English affecciun ; from Old French affection ; from Classical Latin affectio, a state of feeling ; from past participle of afficere: see affect
- affectional adjective
affection definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A tender feeling toward another; fondness. See Synonyms at love.
- Feeling or emotion. Often used in the plural: an unbalanced state of affections.
- A disposition to feel, do, or say; a propensity.
- Obsolete Prejudice; partiality.
Origin: Middle English affeccioun, from Old French affection, from Latin affectiō, affectiōn-, from affectus, past participle of afficere, to affect, influence; see affect1.
- af·fecˈtion·al adjective
- af·fecˈtion·al·ly adverb
affection - Medical Definition
- A tender feeling toward another; fondness.
- A bodily condition; disease.