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Recent Examples of proclivity from the Web
Christian was an active white supremacist with a criminal background, a proclivity for degrading people of color, and a history of threatening law enforcement.
The agency's proclivity for women's empowerment is particularly significant, as study after study show that gender diversity in leadership is necessary to improve global health policy.
Traffic lights, street lamps, a stray dog and a stray cactus form settings for stories that are ambiguous — a matter of each viewer’s proclivities.
Veterans like Neil Walker, Brandon Phillips and Chase Utley represent the best of a bad lot, but none are well suited for regular playing time due to age, performance or proclivity for injury.
In both cases, the links were largely superficial and could be taken as an apparent Speer-family proclivity for the design of global exhibition spaces.
She may be gone, but her proclivity to turn hair into art still influences many today.
This worry about the fate of the union tops longstanding stressors such as money (62 percent) and work (61 percent) and also cuts across political proclivities.
My Croat family showed much the same proclivity in the war with Serbia and has only recently found a new path with the EU...
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Have you always had this leaning toward wanting to know about words and their etymologies? Maybe you even have a propensity to use the featured word several times in the course of the day—due, of course, not to a proclivity for pretentiousness, but because you simply have a penchant for using a rich vocabulary. And perhaps you have a predilection for using lots of synonyms, such as proclivity (from clivus, the Latin word for "slope"), referring to a tendency usually toward something bad; propensity, suggesting an often uncontrollable inclination; penchant, meaning an irresistible attraction; and predilection, which describes a strong liking derived from one's temperament.
Synonymsaffection, affinity, aptitude, bent, bias, bone, devices, disposition, genius, habitude, impulse, leaning, partiality, penchant, predilection, predisposition, inclination, propensity, tendency, turn
Related Wordsfavor, one-sidedness, partisanship, prejudice; endowment, faculty, flair, genius, gift, knack, talent; addiction, appetite, fancy, fondness, like, liking, preference, taste; forte, speciality, specialty; convention, custom, habit, pattern, practice (also practise), routine, trick, way, wont; eccentricity, idiosyncrasy, kink, oddity, peculiarity, quirk, singularity
Near Antonymsallergy, averseness, aversion, disfavor, disinclination, dislike, disliking, disrelish, distaste; detachment, impartiality, neutrality, objectivity; apathy, disinterestedness, indifference, insouciance, nonchalance, unconcern
Synonym Discussion of proclivity
- a student with artistic leanings
- a propensity to offer advice
- a proclivity for violence
- a penchant for taking risks
PROCLIVITY Defined for English Language Learners
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