Definition of proclivity
: an inclination or predisposition toward something; especially : a strong inherent inclination toward something objectionable
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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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