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


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