Definition of proclivity
: an inclination or predisposition toward something; especially : a strong inherent inclination toward something objectionable
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In the 2006 stoner comedy Grandma’s Boy, eccentric video game creator J.P. — who inexplicably speaks in a robot voice — gets a bit overexcited when a woman at a party plays along with his robotic proclivities.
Featuring AI that was developed to determine each animal’s traits – including proclivity for fight or flight, sensitivity to pain, and curiosity – the title appears to be the most promising Jurassic Park spin-off to date.
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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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