: an inclination or predisposition toward something
especially : a strong inherent inclination toward something objectionable
Recent Examples on the Web Michael Avenatti, the once-swaggering celebrity lawyer who was undone by his proclivity for embezzlement and fraud, was sentenced Monday to 14 years in prison for dodging taxes and stealing millions of dollars from clients. —Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times, 5 Dec. 2022 It’s generally accepted that punk rock was — to a degree — a response to what many saw as the self-indulgence and pompousness of the band and others of its ilk who shared a proclivity for stadium spectacle and extended drum solos. —Washington Post, 2 Dec. 2021 The survey also predicted a long-term, increased proclivity for remote work after the pandemic. —Cat Woods, Marie Claire, 6 Apr. 2021 Three down ▪ Shortstop/center fielder Ceddanne Rafaela is 3 for 34 this month with no walks and eight strikeouts for Portland, with a proclivity to expand the strike zone even when ahead in the count. —Alex Speier, BostonGlobe.com, 12 May 2023 Springer was also criticized for showcasing some of Americans’ worst proclivities and for normalizing derogatory language. —Nardine Saad, Los Angeles Times, 27 Apr. 2023 More recently, scientists studying dreams found actualizing them into reality can promote creativity in persons who may not have an imaginative proclivity. —Sarah Jay, Discover Magazine, 18 Feb. 2022 From Cedric Mullins and Trey Mancini’s batted ball luck, to Ryan Mountcastle’s strikeouts, to Anthony Santander’s plate discipline and the team’s general strikeout proclivity, here are five stats that stand out early in the season. —Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, 13 Apr. 2021 Along with their scoring proclivity, Davis and Maravich share something else: both played college ball while being coached by their fathers. —Tom Withers, ajc, 3 Mar. 2023 See More
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