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Recent Examples of proclivity from the Web
The President’s order represents the worst of his proclivity toward rash action versus thoughtfulness.
After a while, Walter, in his hesitancies and proclivity to please, seems as complexly human as anybody else in the movie.
Permanent can still sell those records, but moving thousands of LPs more than 2,000 miles would be a huge hassle—and no doubt nerve-wracking, considering Permanent's proclivity for selling rare and out-of-print records.
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.
These are the facts: The Phillies like J.P. Crawford, who is 22 and blessed with a proclivity for getting on base.
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.
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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.
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
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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