The act of affecting or acting upon; the state of being affected. Tender feelings. An attribute; a quality or property; a condition; a bodily state; as, figure, weight, etc., are affections of bodies. 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. A settled good will; kind feeling; love; zealous or tender attachment; - often in the plural. 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. Prejudice; bias.
- (Med.) Disease; morbid symptom; malady; as, a pulmonary affection. The lively representation of any emotion. Affectation. Passion; violent emotion.
Syn. - Attachment; passion; tenderness; fondness; kindness; love; good will. See Attachment; Disease.
- (Law) Contracts. The making over, pawning, or mortgaging a thing to ensure the payment of a sum of money, or the discharge of some other duty or service.