Definition of proclivity
: an inclination or predisposition toward something; especially : a strong inherent inclination toward something objectionable
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Recent Examples of proclivity from the Web
The rhythm section benefits from Daniel’s percussion proclivities, as the song maintains a gripping tension throughout with a mix of frenetic electronic drums and organic mouth sounds that could best be described as syncopated gasps.
Lamby made regular appearances on her Instagram account and was the subject of many a Twitter musing, often about his mischievousness and proclivity to bite.
No one knows the mind of Nintendo, nor, more importantly, the proclivities of the over 66 million users who've invested in Nintendo's two-screen view of portable gaming-dom.
As with a lot of Californians, his skin had that singular glow that suggested a proclivity for popular antiaging remedies.
Some of the delay may be due to the administration’s own handling of ethical vetting procedures, as well as his proclivity to name controversial choices.
For customers with less specific proclivities — or newbies to the genre — both Bea and Leah are happy to offer guidance.
Until World War II, many Americans thought that what distinguished the two continents was Europe’s proclivity for war, which the peace-loving, commercial-minded United States, should avoid.
He was not charged with allegations related to the accusers from out-of-state schools, but their accusations were presented to judges and jurors to establish a pattern and proclivity.
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Synonym Discussion of proclivity
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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