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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
Because of the propensity for doctors to prescribe these drugs, all four categories are demarcated in the Michigan OPEN guide.
Bill Belichick stunned the football world with his propensity for trades early in his Patriots career, and those coming up behind him are aware of how significant small-time investments can pay off. • General managers are in the spotlight now.
Despite their propensity to bite, these bugs, which are about an eighth of an inch, are not closely related to skeeters, but about as far removed from them as humans from kangaroos, said Armin Moczek, a professor of biology at Indiana University.
Jared Mass is overseeing the project for Paramount Becker has a propensity for directing movies with animals in the title.
The headstrong prince The flipside of MBS’s boldness is his propensity to act rashly.
In addition, though, the Department of Defense (DoD) focused its recruiting resources in areas where people have a higher propensity to serve—especially around military bases in the South.
Greitens’ critics have often mocked his propensity for photo opportunities.
Now Trevizo has been reunited with his beloved pickup, and Almanza-Pena is facing felony theft charges, all thanks to propensity of people to do stupid things and then post about them online.
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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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