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.
An unbalanced state of affections.
Origin of affection
- Middle English affeccioun from Old French affection from Latin affectiō affectiōn- from affectus past participle of afficere to affect, influence affect1
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition