pro·​pense prō-ˈpen(t)s How to pronounce propense (audio)
: leaning or inclining toward : disposed

Word History


borrowed from Latin prōpensus "weighted down, inclined, having a disposition or tendency, ready, eager, favorably disposed," from past participle of prōpendēre "to hang down, (of a person) incline, dispose oneself (toward something)" — more at propend

First Known Use

1528, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of propense was in 1528

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Cite this Entry

“Propense.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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