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Recent Examples of proclivity from the Web
One of those making a case for the area's proclivity towards shamrocks and shenanigans is Paddy Homan, a genuine Irishman who hails from Cork City, Ireland, and has called Chicago home for many years.
As reporter Alex Yablon, who’s covered gun violence for years at the Trace, explains, shooters often display behavior that’s unsettling to others, which tends to trace back to abusive proclivities.
The notorious playboy, who possessed boyish good looks and a proclivity for zooming around town in a Mustang Cobra, was a larger-than-life character who helped birth the rise of the celebrity hairstylist.
Every trait is on a bell curve, including the proclivity for defiance and boundary-testing, an ability to assimilate instructions, and the desire to follow them.
Notice his proclivity to wear no shirt with flashy, royal attire?
The food is seasonal and farm fresh, and all dietary proclivities from meat lover to gluten-free vegan will find something to satisfy their needs.
Demonstrating her proclivity for carrying off less-is-more beauty with distinct confidence, Tomei's no-fuss skincare regimen, clean diet, and commitment to staying active clearly agrees with her, because the actress has never looked better.
And the fact that the Reds were able to score a quadruple of goals should have come as no surprise, given West Ham's proclivity for letting them in quite regularly on home turf.
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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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