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proclivity

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noun pro·cliv·i·ty \prō-ˈkli-və-tē\

Simple Definition of proclivity

  • : a strong natural liking for something that is usually bad : a tendency to do something that is usually bad

Full Definition of proclivity

plural pro·cliv·i·ties

  1. :  an inclination or predisposition toward something; especially :  a strong inherent inclination toward something objectionable

Examples of proclivity

  1. <showed artistic proclivities at an early age>



Origin of proclivity

Latin proclivitas, from proclivis sloping, prone, from pro- forward + clivus slope — more at pro-, declivity


First Known Use: circa 1591

Synonym Discussion of proclivity

leaning, propensity, proclivity, penchant mean a strong instinct or liking for something. leaning suggests a liking or attraction not strong enough to be decisive or uncontrollable <a student with artistic leanings>. propensity implies a deeply ingrained and usually irresistible inclination <a propensity to offer advice>. proclivity suggests a strong natural proneness usually to something objectionable or evil <a proclivity for violence>. penchant implies a strongly marked taste in the person or an irresistible attraction in the object <a penchant for taking risks>.


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