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  1. a positive feeling of liking; "he had trouble expressing the affection he felt"; "the child won everyone's heart" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. Affectation. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  3. The act of affecting or acting upon; the state of being affected. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. An attribute; a quality or property; a condition; a bodily state; as, figure, weight, etc. , are affections of bodies. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. Bent of mind; a feeling or natural impulse or natural impulse acting upon and swaying the mind; any emotion; as, the benevolent affections, esteem, gratitude, etc.; the malevolent affections, hatred, envy, etc.; inclination; disposition; propensity; tendency. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. Prejudice; bias. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. Disease; morbid symptom; malady; as, a pulmonary affection. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. The lively representation of any emotion. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. Passion; violent emotion. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. A settled good will; kind feeling; love; zealous or tender attachment; - often in the pl. Formerly followed by to, but now more generally by for or towards; as, filial, social, or conjugal affections; to have an affection for or towards children. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. The state of having the feelings touched or excited; attachment; fondness; disease. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  12. 1. Feeling, love. 2. An abnormal condition of body or mind, disease. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  13. Kindness or love: attachment: an attribue or property. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  14. Love; fondness; disease. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  15. The act of influencing, or state of being influenced; state of mind or body; disease. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  16. Strong and tender attachment; love. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  17. Any natural feeling. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  18. The state of being affected, generally in one's feelings; feeling; disposition; inclination; attachment; kindness; fondness; love; an attribute, quality, or property; a disease, or any particular morbid state of the body. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  19. Love for; attachment to; kindly feeling towards. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  20. feeling or emotion. Mention is made of "vile affections" ( Romans 1:26 ) and "inordinate affection" ( Colossians 3:5 ). Christians are exhorted to set their affections on things above ( Colossians 3:2 ). There is a distinction between natural and spiritual or gracious affections ( Ezekiel 33:32 ). biblestudytools.com
  21. A settled good will; kind feeling; love; zealous or tender attachment; -- often in the pl. Formerly followed by to, but now more generally by for or towards; as, filial, social, or conjugal affections; to have an affection for or towards children. mso.anu.edu.au
  22. The making over, pawning, or mortgaging a thing to assure the payment of a sum of money, or the discharge of some other duty or service. Crabb, Technol. Diet. thelawdictionary.org
  23. Contracts. The making over, pawning, or mortgaging a thing to assurp the payment of a sum of money, or the discharge of some other duty or service. Techn. Diet. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  24. AFFECTION (Lat. ad, and facere, to do something to, sc. a person), literally, a mental state resulting generally from an external influence. It is popularly used of a relation between persons amounting to more than goodwill or friendship. By ethical writers the word has been used generally of distinct states of feeling, both lasting and spasmodic; some contrast it with "passion" as being free from the distinctively sensual element. More specifically the word has been restricted to emotional states which are in relation to persons. In the former sense, it is the Gr. pathos, and as such it appears in Descartes and most of the early British ethical writers. On various grounds, however—e.g. that it does not involve anxiety or excitement, that it is comparatively inert and compatible with the entire absence of the sensuous element—At is generally and usefully distingmshed from passion. In this narrower sense the word has played a great part in ethical systems, which have spoken of the social or parental "affections" as in some sense a part of moral obligation. For a consideration of these and similar problems, which depend ultimately on the degree in which the affections are regarded as voluntary, see H. Sidgwick, Methods of Ethics, pp. 345-349.In psychology the terms "affection" and "affective" are of great importance. As all intellectual phenomena have by experimentalists been reduced to sensation, so all emotion has been and is regarded as reducible to simple mental affection, the element of which all emotional manifestations are ultimately composed. The nature of this element is a problem which has been provisionally, but not conclusively, solved by many psychologists; the method is necessarily experimental, and all experiments on feeling are peculiarly difficult. The solutions proposed are two. In the first, all affection phenomena are primarily divisible into those which are pleasurable and those which are the reverse. The main objections to this are that it does not explain the infinite variety of phenomena, and that it disregards the distinction which most philosophers admit between higher and lower pleasures. The second solution is that every sensation has its specific affective quality, though by reason of the poverty of language many of these have no name. W. Wundt, Outlines of Psychology (trans. C. H. Judd, Leipzig, 1897), maintains that we may group under three main affective directions, each with its negative, all the infinite varieties in question; these are (a) pleasure, or rather pleasantness, and the reverse, (b) tension and relaxation, (c) excitement and depression. These two views are antithetic and no solution has been discovered.Two obvious methods of experiment have been tried. The first, introduced by A. Mosso, the Italian psychologist, consists in recording the physical phenomena which are observed to accompany modifications of the affective consciousness. Thus it is found that the action of the heart is accelerated by pleasant, and retarded by unpleasant, stimuli; again, changes of weight and volume are found to accompany modifications of affection—and so on. Apart altogether from the facts that this investigation is still in its infancy and that the conditions of experiment are insufficiently understood, its ultimate success is rendered highly problematical by the essential fact that real scientific results can be achieved only by data recorded in connexion with a perfectly normal subject; a conscious or interested subject introduces variable factors which are probably incalculable.The second is Fechner's method; it consists of recording the changes in feeling-tone produced in a subject by bringing him in contact with a series of conditions, objects or stimuli graduated according to a scientific plan and presented singly in pairs or in groups. The result is a comparative table of likes and dislikes.Mention should also be made of a third method which has hardly yet been tried, namely, that of endeavouring to isolate one of the three "directions" by the method of suggestion or even hypnotic trance observations.For the subject of emotion in general see modern text-books of psychology, e.g. those of J. Sully, W. James, G. T. Fechner, O. Kulpe; Angelo Mosso, La Paura (Milan, 1884, 1900; Eng. trans. E. Lough and F. Kiesow, Lond. 1896); E. B. Titchener, Experimental Psychology (1905); art. Psychology and works there quoted. en.wikisource.org
  25. An attribute, especially a contingent or alterable quality or property; a condition; a bodily state; as, figure, weight, etc. , are affections of bodies. dictgcide_fs
  26. A settled good will; kind feeling; love; zealous or tender attachment; often in the pl. Formerly followed by to, but now more generally by for or towards; as, filial, social, or conjugal affections; to have an affection for or towards children. dictgcide_fs
  27. af-fek'shun, n. kindness or love: attachment: (Shak.) affectation: an attribute or property: a disposition of mind: a disease or abnormal state of body or mind.--adjs. AFFEC'TIONAL; AFFEC'TIONATE, full of affection: loving: (obs.) eager, passionate, well inclined to; AFFEC'TIONATED (obs.).--adv. AFFEC'TIONATELY.--n. AFFEC'TIONATENESS.--adj. AFFEC'TIONED (B.), affected, disposed: (Shak.) full of affectation. [L. See AFFECT.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  28. Any mode in which the mind or body is affected or modified. Medical Lexicon. A Dictionary of Medical Science
  29. Affecting; mental state, emotion, whence affectional a.; disposition (towards); goodwill, love, (towards); bodily state due to any influence; malady, disease; mode of being; property, quality, attribute. [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  30. Morbid condition or diseased state. American pocket medical dictionary.
  31. A morbid condition. [Lat.] Appleton's medical dictionary.
  32. n. An attribute, quality, or property, inseparable from its subject; - a state of the mind in which it is bent toward a particular object; - good-will; tender attachment; - disease; as, a pulmonary affection. Cabinet Dictionary
  33. The state of being affected by any cause, or agent; passion of any kind; love, kindness, good-will to some person. Complete Dictionary

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