noun pro·pen·si·ty \prə-ˈpen(t)-sə-tē\

: a strong natural tendency to do something

plural pro·pen·si·ties

Full Definition of PROPENSITY

:  an often intense natural inclination or preference

Examples of PROPENSITY

  1. He had a propensity for crime.
  2. <the criminal propensities of the family extended over several generations>
  3. Other researches are exploring how the adolescent propensity for uninhibited risk taking propels teens to experiment with drugs and alcohol. —Claudia Wallis, Time, 10 May 2004


(see propense)
First Known Use: 1570

Synonym Discussion of PROPENSITY

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>.
PROPENSITY Defined for Kids


noun pro·pen·si·ty \prə-ˈpen-sə-tē\

Definition of PROPENSITY for Kids

:  a natural tendency to do or favor something <They have a propensity to chatter.>


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