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Recent Examples of proclivity from the Web
In youth, parents, teachers and friends may or may not support and encourage these proclivities.
China is home to millions of Christians, many of whom celebrate Easter with the same rituals as the West — eggs are considered symbols of Jesus' empty tomb, and rabbits, with their early spring proclivities, were once considered a fertility symbol.
Well, the host of HBO’s Last Week Tonight has shown a proclivity for buying presidential sculptures (as have Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart).
Public response to the high-low juxtaposition included snorts at the proclivities of the 1 percent.
No other company can match the breadth or depth of these connections — thanks in part to Facebook's proclivity for squashing or swallowing up its competition.
The difference here is that the marketer attempts to capture some essential psychological state, or some particular combination of values and lifestyle, that imply a proclivity for the product in question.
Still, the president's decisions, as well as his proclivity for off-the-cuff announcements, frequently leave aides and allies guessing.
Still, the president’s decisions, as well as his proclivity for off-the-cuff announcements, frequently leave aides and allies guessing.
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Did You Know?
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.
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
Definition of proclivity for English Language Learners
: a strong natural liking for something that is usually bad : a tendency to do something that is usually bad
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