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adjective \ˈprōn\

Simple Definition of prone

  • : likely to do, have, or suffer from something

  • : lying with the front of your body facing downward

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of prone

  1. 1 :  having a tendency or inclination :  being likely <prone to forget names> <accident-prone>

  2. 2 a :  having the front or ventral surface downward b :  lying flat or prostrate

prone adverb
pronely adverb
proneness play \ˈprōn-nəs\ noun

Examples of prone in a sentence

  1. Hull then corralled the rebound and shoveled the puck past the left arm and leg of the prone Hasek with his forehand, touching off a wild on-ice celebration. —Michael Farber, Sports Illustrated, 28 June 1999

  2. I too have been prone on my couch this week, a victim of the common cold. —Flannery O'Connor, letter, 20 Mar. 1961

  3. My almond tree lies prone across the court, blown down by a gale. —Conrad Aiken, letter, 3 Oct. 1930

  4. <he was prone to emotional outbursts under stress>

  5. <quickly subdue the suspect and get him into a prone position>

Origin of prone

Middle English, from Latin pronus bent forward, tending; akin to Latin pro forward — more at for

First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of prone

prone, supine, prostrate, recumbent mean lying down. prone implies a position with the front of the body turned toward the supporting surface <push-ups require a prone position>. supine implies lying on one's back and suggests inertness or abjectness <lying supine on the couch>. prostrate implies lying full-length as in submission, defeat, or physical collapse <a runner fell prostrate at the finish line>. recumbent implies the posture of one sleeping or resting <a patient comfortably recumbent in a hospital bed>.

synonyms see in addition liable

PRONE Defined for Kids


adjective \ˈprōn\

Definition of prone for Students

  1. 1 :  likely to be or act a certain way <Her dog is prone to laziness.>

  2. 2 :  lying with the front of the body facing downward

Medical Dictionary


adjective \ˈprōn\

Medical Definition of prone

  1. :  having the front or ventral surface downward; especially :  lying facedown

prone adverb

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