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Recent Examples of proclivity from the Web
But no one will be able to say, after the fact, that the proclivities were not there.
But the system of repression in the province goes far beyond anything that would be justified by such proclivities and affiliations.
Furries proclivity for dressing up is sometimes misunderstood as a fetish.
Some evidence suggests that how quickly babies learn new words predicts later proclivity; loquacious children tend to be loquacious in later childhood, too.
The past few weeks have been all about aligning your sun — which governs vitality, ego, and self-expression — with your romantic proclivities.
There are bounded limits, so unless organisms are checked by some means, organisms that obey their natural proclivities will get into trouble.
In battleground states like Arizona, Florida, and Nevada, Trump’s proclivity to be a loose cannon could endanger the Republican incumbents and challengers who are already facing ferocious Democratic headwinds.
In battleground states like Arizona, Florida and Nevada, Mr. Trump’s proclivity to be a loose cannon could endanger the Republican incumbents and challengers who are already facing ferocious Democratic headwinds.
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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.
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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