Pronunciation: (fond'nis), [key]
1. the state or quality of being fond.
2. tenderness or affection.
3. doting affection.
4. a liking or weakness for something: He has a fondness for sweets.
5. Archaic.complacent credulity; foolishness.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.