philo-, phil-, -phile, -philia, -philic, -philous, -phily, -philiac, -philist, -philism

(Greek: love, loving, friendly to, fondness for, attraction to; strong tendency toward, affinity for)

These are just a few of the meanings set up for the etymological meanings of philo- which comes to us from Greek.

In biology, there are many words that use philo-, phil- to mean "thriving in such and such a place or situation; or exhibiting a tendency for a specified condition" for its existence.

Other meanings include: "strongly attracted to; such as, an organism that loves or is strongly attracted to something which is specified".

In psychology and psychiatry, -phile, -philia, etc. use this element as a word termination indicating an abnormal craving or attraction to or an affinity for an object as shown by the word stems to which they are affixed.

1. Having love of learning or letters.
2. Of or pertaining to philomathy.
The love of learning or of letters.
From Greek Mythology, a princess of Athens who, after being raped by her brother-in-law, Tereus, was avenged by her sister, Procne, and was later turned into a swallow or nightingale while fleeing Tereus.

We now have the word philomel, a nightingale.

A person who loves myths, symbols, and legends.
One who loves or who is an obsessed follower of trends and fads.
A fondness for or a seeker of knowledge.
The equitable sharing of wealth without interest charges.

The free exchange of information and ideas that contribute to the well-being of humanity in the present and for future generations.

Behaving in a responsible and generous manner in keeping with one's own health, happiness, and well-being that does not prejudice human life support systems.

Relating to sustainability, international social justice, and human rights.

Said to be the study of the "equitable production" and "fair distribution of goods and services" in a sustainable manner.

Related to the fair and equitable development and regulation of human and material resources of a community, or nation, in a manner that does not prejudice basic human needs in the present nor the ability of future generations to meet their needs.

A reference to international social justice and the ecologically sustainable production and fair distribution of material wealth and knowledge.

1. An adviser and researcher on matters pertaining to the equitable and environmental implications of wealth creation and distribution with regard to international social justice, human rights, and life support systems.
2. Someone who promotes and encourages local trade and local currency systems and engages in supporting research and development.
1. The administration of a community's sustainable development program.
2. The theory of the sustainable and equitable production and distribution of wealth consistent with providing all of humanity with their basic needs and ensuring that future generations can meet theirs.
3. The measure of a community's internationally accepted targets for social justice, human rights, and sustainability.
A special fondness or love of one’s father or of one’s country.
philopatric (adjective), more philopatric, most philopatric
Conveying a tendency to remain in the native locality; referring to species or grouips that show little capacity to spread out or to disperse.
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Related "love, fondness" units: agape-; amat-; vener-; venus.