propense

adjective
pro·​pense | \ prō-ˈpen(t)s How to pronounce propense (audio) \

Definition of propense

archaic
: leaning or inclining toward : disposed

First Known Use of propense

1528, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for propense

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

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“Propense.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/propense. Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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