noun pro·cliv·i·ty \prō-ˈkli-və-tē\

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

plural pro·cliv·i·ties

Full Definition of PROCLIVITY

:  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>


Latin proclivitas, from proclivis sloping, prone, from pro- forward + clivus slope — more at pro-, declivity
First Known Use: circa 1591


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