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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...
She may be gone, but her proclivity to turn hair into art still influences many today.
Her proclivity for the juice has spawned some of the greatest moments—and GIFs—in KUWTK history.
Coach Doug Pederson was back to his pass-happy proclivities in Sunday’s 30-17 win over the Washington Redskins.
Unfortunately, Monday's chapter also featured some of the show's worst proclivities, including weak dialogue and subpar acting.
An Israeli start-up had started hawking a service that predicted terrorist proclivities based on facial analysis.
For example, a child with an inattentive parent may learn to suppress their innate proclivity toward bonding in order to prevent heartache and feelings of rejection.
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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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