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Examples of propensity in a Sentence
- Other researches are exploring how the adolescent propensity for uninhibited risk taking propels teens to experiment with drugs and alcohol. —Claudia Wallis, Time, 10 May 2004
- On the other hand, a jury might be convinced that a meth dealer who had brazenly fired a pistol through his door had a propensity for violence. —John Cloud, Time, 14 July 2003
- A central tenet of this camp's proponents is that a considerable number of biological dispositions evolved during the Stone Age, including a male propensity for making war. —Bruce Bower, Science News, 27 Jan. 2001
He had a propensity for crime.
the criminal propensities of the family extended over several generations
Recent Examples of propensity from the Web
And growing evidence of its propensity to palliate pain and nausea fueled the push for medical marijuana.
Given Musk's propensity to get weird on Twitter, people weren't really sure how to react to this pronouncement.
Fight fight fight: Kathryn VanArendonk thinks the rhythms and tropes of reality TV are key to understanding Donald Trump's propensity to quarrel, take offense, and instigate drama at every turn.
Because of its propensity to combine with other elements to form compounds like water and methane, hydrogen on Earth is rarely found on its own.
Given Trump's propensity for abrasive tweets and unscripted rants, the first concern for some of his protocol team would be the risk of causing offense in a part of the world attuned to etiquette and decorum.
But the fall has snuck up on them quickly, revealing warts, pimples and the propensity for losing football games.
The propensity to stick with a quarterback too long isn’t just an anecdotal phenomenon favored by frustrated fans sick of losing with the same players.
Again and again, people returned to the Trump administration's handling of North Korea, singling out the propensity for threats that, in their view, escalate tensions, not defuse them.
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You'll Like the Etymology of propensity
When it comes to synonyms of propensity, the letter "p" predominates. Proclivity, preference, penchant, and predilection all share with propensity the essential meaning of "a strong instinct or liking." Not every word that is similar in meaning to propensity begins with "p," however. Propensity comes from Latin propensus, the past participle of propendēre, a verb meaning "to incline" or "to hang forward or down." Thus leaning and inclination are as good synonyms of propensity as any of those "p"-words.
Synonymsaptness, proneness, tendency, way
Related Wordsaffinity, aptitude, bent, disposition, inclination, leaning, mind-set, partiality, penchant, predilection, predisposition, proclivity, turn; custom, habit, pattern, practice (also practise), routine, wont; eccentricity, idiosyncrasy, oddity, peculiarity, quirk, singularity, trick
Near Antonymsaverseness, disinclination, dislike, indisposition
Synonym Discussion of propensity
- a student with artistic leanings
- a propensity to offer advice
- a proclivity for violence
- a penchant for taking risks
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